Photo of the Week – November 21, 2013

Can you identify this prominent tallgrass prairie plant?

Can you identify what plant this leaf is from?

Can you identify what plant this leaf is from?

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Here’s another photo of the same species.  More of you should be able to identify it now.

One of the more distinctive leaves in tallgrass prairie.

One of the more distinctive leaves in tallgrass prairie.

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Stumped?

It’s compass plant (Silphium laciniatum).  Here’s a summer photo from Missouri.

Compass plant.  Prairie Fork Conservation Area.  Missouri.

Compass plant. Prairie Fork Conservation Area. Missouri.

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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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6 Responses to Photo of the Week – November 21, 2013

  1. Ed Pembleton says:

    Chris:
    One of my favorite prairie plants and I like the browns, a difficult color to capture aesthetically.

    Ed

  2. Mark Salerno says:

    Let’s play this game some more! I LOVE IT! Kind of like “Stump the Chumps!” on Car Talk on NPR!

  3. dawnraschel says:

    Love it. Pls send more!

  4. Margie Winter says:

    Yes – its compass plant. Great close-up!

  5. Teresa Mandevill says:

    I once took an on-lne bird ID course offered by the Galveston Island Ornithological Soc. It was only $100.00, but it was a good fund raiser for the group….. you might want to consider it. We would receive the weekly lessons via email. Each week could be a new plant… always nice to see it during each stage of it’s life cycle. Here and there we’d get a quiz with the question one week, and the answer the next.

  6. Jacob says:

    Excellent photography.

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