Lygodesmia juncea (Pursh) D. Don ex Hook.
other common names: rush skeleton plant, skeleton plant, prairie pink
Lygodesmia: from Greek lygos, meaning “a pliant twig,” and desme, meaning “a bundle,” from the fascicled twiglike appearance of the plant
Juncea: meaning stiff, like a rush
Daisy family: Asteraceae (Compositae)
Photograph by Thomas Rosburg, Wildflowers of the Tallgrass Prairie: The Upper Midwest, Second Edition