Monday, April 1, 2013

Skeletonweed: Tiny Lavender Butte Flowers

Skeletonweed grows on dry soils and uplands in Saskatchewan — and the only place I've so far seen it is in Grasslands National Park, along the trails up the stony sides of 70 Mile Butte.

These little lavender and pink flowers top stalks of rigid, short, leafless stems — the skeleton of the plant that gives rise to its common name. (Vance-Jowsey identifies skeletonweed by the formal name, Lygodesmia juncea.)

Skeletonweed, sheltered from the glare of the sun, glows. © SB

Prairie Wildflower: Skeletonweed
Location: Grasslands National Park, Saskatchewan, Canada.
Photo Date: June 23, 2012.  


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