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Leavenworth's Eryngo

Eryngium leavenworthii

Description:

Leavenworth’s eryngo is a prickly, 20-40 in. annual with a leafy stem, broadly branched in the upper portion. Almost the entire plant has some shade of purple. Flowers are minute, purple, and mingled with small, spiny bracts in an elongated, terminal, head-like cluster. These are subtended by conspicuous spiny-tipped bracts. The leaves are deeply lobed, each segment edged and tipped with stiff spines. A tuft of small, rigid, spiny leaves grows out of the top of the flower head.

Habitat:

In disturbed area next to a drainage canal.

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3 Comments

gatorfellows
gatorfellows 6 years ago

Thanks Gilma and staccyh. One of my favorite odd blooms in fall :)

staccyh
staccyh 6 years ago

Lovely series :)

Lovely plant, gatorfellows, looks like little green and purple pineapples.

gatorfellows
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gatorfellows

Texas, USA

Spotted on Sep 13, 2014
Submitted on Sep 25, 2014

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