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…


19 thoughts on “Plant Game – January 3, 2018

  1. Patricia Mettenbrink January 3, 2018 / 11:34 am

    Very curious to learn about the tiny yellow mystery flower!

  2. Nancy Braker January 3, 2018 / 11:40 am

    Is this Agoseris glauca (False Dandelion)??

    • Chris Helzer January 4, 2018 / 9:18 am

      An excellent guess, and close, but no.

  3. Inger January 3, 2018 / 11:48 am

    Botany on a cold snowy day, it doesn’t get any better! Thanks Chris :-)

  4. Molly Reichenborn January 3, 2018 / 11:49 am

    Looks like a Tragopogon species. Perhaps pratensis? I imagine dubius is pretty fairly common.

    • Patricia Mettenbrink January 3, 2018 / 2:46 pm


  5. shoreacres January 4, 2018 / 8:54 am

    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!

    • Chris Helzer January 4, 2018 / 9:19 am

      I’ll give it to you. It’s actually P. grandiflorus, but getting the correct genus is impressive enough to warrant the award. Nice work!

      • shoreacres January 4, 2018 / 9:22 am

        Of course, a common name is “Texas dandelion,” and down here on the Gulf coast, it’s one of our most common spring flowers.

  6. Gary Shackelford January 4, 2018 / 9:26 am

    A Tragopogan species?

  7. Patricia Mettenbrink January 4, 2018 / 10:00 am

    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)

    • Chris Helzer January 4, 2018 / 10:28 am

      Actually, the only known population in Nebraska is in some loess hills along the Platte River in Hamilton County (north of Aurora).

  8. Patricia Mettenbrink January 4, 2018 / 11:04 am

    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!

  9. Jane Gibbs January 8, 2018 / 11:22 am

    More, more!

  10. Ed May January 15, 2018 / 9:54 am

    Chris, I must have missed the answer to what this plant is. Can you share? Thanks. >


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