Plant Game – January 3, 2018

Happy New Year!  To celebrate, let’s play THE PLANT GAME!

You know it,  you love it.  It’s the game in which you have to figure out which plant name is not real.  More specifically, one name in each of the following lists is NOT the official common name of a plant found in Nebraska.  It’s a silly way to poke fun at the ridiculous names we’ve chosen for the plants that live around us.  I’ll post the answers in a day or two.

In the first list, there are five plant names with way more hyphens than seem necessary.  The names are almost short stories.  Good luck.

In these other two lists, all the names are crazy.  You just have to figure out which crazy names I made up.


Bonus question – can you name this flower?  If you’re a Nebraska botanist, there is only one known location of this plant in the state.  Good luck…


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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.

20 thoughts on “Plant Game – January 3, 2018

  1. Your mystery flower surely does look to me like Pyrrhopappus pauciflorus. Neither BONAP nor the USDA shows it in Nebraska on their maps, but I’ll still go with that for the ID. Whatever it is, one known location is pretty interesting!

  2. So it has a habitat in Nebraska? Fairly close to Kansas border? Noticed it occurs in TX , OK, KS. ( Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower data base)

  3. This is so awesome! Never know what gold we will find here on the Plains in South Central NEBRASKA ! Another ‘dandelion ‘ to stop, really look at, and appreciate their beautiful sunny yellow flowers. Thanks for brightening these cold days Chris!

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