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.

6 thoughts on “Photo of the Week – November 21, 2013

  1. Ed Pembleton November 21, 2013 / 4:01 pm

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

    Ed

  2. Mark Salerno November 21, 2013 / 7:06 pm

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

  3. Margie Winter November 23, 2013 / 6:47 pm

    Yes – its compass plant. Great close-up!

  4. Teresa Mandevill November 25, 2013 / 2:33 pm

    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.

  5. Jacob December 11, 2013 / 9:32 pm

    Excellent photography.

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