Wednesday, July 7, 2010
Plant of the Week
Onosmodium occidentale Mackenz.
scientific name, 2008
Onosmodium molle Michx.
other common names: marbleseed
Onosmodium: named for its likeness to the genus Onosma—a word that means “smell of a donkey”
Occidentale: from the Latin occidentalis, meaning “western.” This refers to the fact that, unlike O. hispidissimum, which is also found in the area, this species does not range east of the tallgrass prairie.
Forget-me-not family: Boraginaceae
Photograph by Thomas Rosburg, Wildflowers of the Tallgrass Prairie: The Upper Midwest, Second Edition