Monday, July 23, 2012

Plant of the Week

Maximilian sunflower
Helianthus maximiliani Schrad.
other common names: none known
Helianthus: from the Greek helios for “sun” and anthos for “flower” (hence sunflower) because the flowering heads of this genus tend to turn with the sun each day
Maximiliani: named after Prinz Maximilian van Wied-Neu (1782–1867), who made extensive scientific explorations in both North and South America and discovered this plant
Daisy family: Asteraceae (Compositae)

Photograph by Thomas Rosburg, Wildflowers of the Tallgrass Prairie: The Upper Midwest, Second Edition

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