Photo of the Week – January 6, 2012

You might recognize the background of this photo from the Photo of the Week back on December 23.  Sorry about the duplication, but I really liked this image – and it’s been too warm to get any recent ice or snow photos…

More importantly, I thought it’d be a great “guess this species” image for those of you that like that kind of thing.  Can you identify the tall plant in the photo?

Can you identify the tall plant in this photo? Click on the photo to get a sharper version of the image.

I’ll put the name of the plant species in the comments section below (if you can’t see the comments at the bottom of this post, click on the title and then check again.)

Need a hint?  The photo was taken in a restored (reconstructed) sand prairie along the central Platte River in Nebraska.  The plant has a range of occurrence that spans the center 1/3 or so of the United States.  Oh, and it’s an annual…

Good luck!


About Chris Helzer

Chris Helzer is the Director of Science for The Nature Conservancy in Nebraska. His main role is to evaluate and capture lessons from the Conservancy’s land management and restoration work and then share those lessons with other landowners – both private and public. In addition, Chris works to raise awareness about the importance of prairies and their conservation through his writing, photography, and presentations to various groups. Chris is also the author of "The Ecology and Management of Prairies in the Central United States", published by the University of Iowa Press. He lives in Aurora, Nebraska with his wife Kim and their children.
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2 Responses to Photo of the Week – January 6, 2012

  1. Teresa says:

    Lisianthus? Pure guess since I’ve never seen it growing – I’ve only seen it in seed catalogues as an ornamental but described as a annual/biennial wildflower.

  2. Chris Helzer says:

    Sorry – had to jump to another project for a minute, so am late to post the correct answer here…

    The species is Eriogonum annuum (Annual Buckwheat). It’s an annual forb that is pretty common (but not really abundant) in the remnant sand prairie adjacent to the prairie restorationI photographed it in.


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