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Dot Lang's  Flower Notes for east Wise County, Texas
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Plant family in alphabetical order by Scientific family name. Most are in the Dicot class.
Monocots noted in yellow with a * by their Family name.
Cells with this color are 
Foreign imports
Local but not in my fields:


Dicot Class
Scientific Family Name
Common Family Name
Common Name
Genus, species

Parsley Family

Prairie Parsley, 
Polytaenia texana 7
 (J.M. Coult. & Rose) Mathias & Constance
Prairie Parsley (off-site link)  "Prairie Parsley is an indicator plant of original prairie. It is rarely found in disturbed areas"Off-siteLink
Important nectar plant.
Polytaenia nuttalia is another very similar species.  The only difference noted in the key7 is the seed shape in cross cut.

This year (2014) appeared to be a banner year in my area for the seeds to germinate as I saw plants where I had seen none or very few in past years.  I don't recall seeing any last year.  I did have one in my yard two years ago but none this year nor last so I collected some seed and will disperse them where I'd like to find them on my land.  2015 has proved to be an even better year for this species.  Seeing lots along the roadsides and some old pastures... and 2 in my front field! not seeded by me. 2017: none appeared on my land this year though had several last year.  Saw many elsewhere.
Aster Family


Four-nerve daisy Tetraneuris linearifolia
annual, winter, spring
Clasping-Leaf Coneflower
Dracopis amplexicaulis
Engelmann's Daisy
Engelmannia peristenia
Saw-Leaf Daisy
Grindelia squarrosa
Texas Yellow Star
Lindheimera texana
Yellow Top 7
Cut-Leaf Groundsel 1
Packera tampicana


1Texas Dandelion, Small flower Desert-Chicory 
Pyrrhopappus pauciflorus
leaf cluster similar to stemless evening primrose
Common Dandelion
Taraxacum officianale
year around

Thelesperma, Greenthread
Thelesperma filifolium
spring thru fall
Yellow abnormal
Blanket Flower
Gaillardia pulchella
Maximilian Sunflower
Helianthus maximiliani
Spiny sowthistle 
Sonchus asper

Helianthus annuus
Common Sunflower

 Rudbeckia species
Cone Flower
False Annual Broomweed
Amphiachyris dracunculoides

Goatsbeard, Western Salsify
Tragopogon dubius

Silphium laciniatum7
Compass Plant, Rosinweed

1st found summer 2015
at corner

Heterotheca canescens 3 Hairy Golden Aster.
late Spring, Summer, fall
1st noticed Fall 2014

Lactuca serriola
Prickly Lettuce
pretty but is  considered a weed.

Common Groundsel
Senecio vulgaris

Helenium elegans,10,7
Pretty Sneezeweed
Found summer 2016 at corner

Lactuca saligna 10
Willowleaf lettuce
1st found spring 2015

Trumpet-Creeper Family

found between Decatur and Alvord.
Trumpet Creeper, Trumpet Vine
Campsis radicans 

Texas native cultivar

Borage Family
one of the first few yellow flowers to bloom.
Fringed Puccoon
Lithospermum incisum
early spring

Mustard Family

Bladder pod
Lesquerella species
spring (March - ...
Myagrum perfoliatum Rapistrum rugosum

Pink Family

Broom Whitlow-Wort
Paronychia virginica, Spreng. 2,7

Close-up of Broom Whitlow-Wort flowers
Summer, Fall blooming plant, perennial

Cactus Family

Prickly Pear Cactus
Opuntia  species
Spineless Prickly Pear Cactus
Opuntia ellisiana Griffiths

# Texas native ornamental
 tiny glochids (slivers) are very irritating (Bloomed 2018) 

Spineless Prickly Pear Cactus
Opuntia ellisiana Griffiths

# Texas native ornamental
 tiny orange/red glochids (slivers) are very irritating 

Taylor County, Buffalo Gap, Perini restaurant

Stonecrop  or Succulent Family

Yellow Stonecrop 
Sedum nuttallianum7

Sedum nuttallianum
Note: these first showed up on my place last year (2016).  More were  visible this year(2017).  suspect that seeds had floated over from the large patch several hundred feet away near the lake during the spring floods of 2015. 2019 they have become more prevalent along the exposed shelf.  Annual
Sedum nuttallianum
Seedlings before flowering

Gourd Family

Buffalo Gourd
Cucurbita foetidissima

Spurge Family

Warty Euphorbia
Euphorbia spathulata Lam. 7
spring, bumpy seedpods
2 Texas Queens Delight
Stillingia texana 
Nettle, stings so put up the large photo for now.
Noseburn, Nettle
Tragia  ...
photographed in cup of water.
Wedgeleaf Euphorbia
Euphorbia longicruris (Scheele)7
smooth seedpods
early spring

Bean Family
Golden Dalea
Dalea aurea

5 Hall's Prairie Clover
Dalea hallii
Two-Leaved Senna
Senna roemeriana 1, 7

Button Clover or Button Medic
Medicago orbicularis

Pencil Flower ?
Stylosanthes biflora

Neptunia lutea

Small bur clover
Medicago minima 7

Flax Family
Stiff-Stem flax
Linum berlandieri
mid spring

Just an artsy photo of the flax flower after it's dropped off the plant and collecting dew; also showing that all 5 "petals" are connected i.e.  funnelform.

Mallow Family

Spreading Fanpetals 
Sida abutifolia 7Mill.
Sida filicaulis Torr. & Gray

Sida abutifolia
Sida filicaulis

Likes full sun, opens in afternoon, closes just a couple hours later. a perennial according to the books.
Notice how close the petals and leaves look similar to the Cutleaf Evening Primrose below, however it is 5 petaled.

Evening-Primrose Family
Stemless Evening Primrose
Oenothera triloba
Big-Fruit Evening Primrose
Oenathera macrocarpa Nutt.
spring, down to 1 plant only on our property due to lake flooding 2015.
Cutleaf Evening Primrose
2Oenothera laciniata
Sundrops, Day Primrose
Calylophus berlandieri
Madder Family

Piedmont Bedstraw
Galium pedemontanum (Bellardi) All. 9
small invasive weed 
Figwort Family

Castilleja indivisa

Nightshade Family
Buffalo Bur
Solanum rostratum

Ground Cherry
Physalis  species

another ground cherry
smaller Physalis species, flrs about 1.5cm across, 1cm in length. cream-colored with no dark centers. Calyx encloses seed pod with purple veined ribs.
Monocot Class
Common Family Name
Scientific Family Name
Common Name
Genus, species
Hypoxis Family

Yellow Star Grass
Hypoxis hirsuta 1
31(42) [173]
# Cells with this mark are native cultivares; (not found naturally in my fields)
* In the Monocot Class.

As ID'd from:
1 Wild Flowers of Texas book by Geyata Ajilvsgi,
2Lady Bird Johnson WildFlower Center website,
3Kansas State Wildflowers website.
4100 Texas Wildflowers by Dorothy Baird Mattiza for the Native Plant Society of Texas, 1993
5 Native Plant Society of Texas
6 Texas Wildflowers by Leo Meier & Jan Reid
7 Shiner & Mahler's Illustrated Flora of North Central Texas by Diggs, Lipscomb & O'Kennon, 1999
8  Google searches used to help verify and find more info
USDA website Plant Database
10 Texas Flora members on facebook

Wildflower Bibliography & Link page

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