Saturday, February 11, 2012

Jewel Flower

Buds from above

Flowers are about 1/2 the size of a dime

All Photos by Matt Ball, 2/10/2012

This is another one in the Mustard Family (Brassicaceae) that I only learned recently. Jewel Flower or Silverbells (Streptanthus carinatus). A very delicate-looking plant. We found quite a few on the east side of the creek. Cross the Bear Canyon Bridge and take a left. Look right under cacti, shrubs, and trees. (And then make your husband climb in for photos.) Note how the stem seems to push through the leaves.

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