Late Summer Flowers in the Wichitas

August 26, 2016 at 4:00 am (National Wildlife Refuges (US Fish & Wildlife), Nature, Nature photography, Oklahoma, Photography, Wichita Mountains NWR, Wildflowers) ()

Snow-on-the-Mountain - Euphorbia

Snow-on-the-Mountain – Euphorbia

The snow-on-the-mountain (Euphorbia) is my favorite late summer flower right now in the Wichita Mountains. It’s in the poinsettia family, so a lot of the color is in the leaves more so than the actual flowers.

Rayless gumweed

Rayless gumweed

The gumweed is familiar to me from my time in Colorado. It’s called rayless because there are no ray flowers that look like petals.

Rayless gumweed

Rayless gumweed

The flowers glisten with a sticky sap. Several medicinal uses are listed for this flower.

Rayless gumweed

Rayless gumweed



Several types of sunflowers have made an appearance.

Lotus pod

Lotus pod

I haven’t gotten close to a lotus flower, but this pod was within range.


I’ve ordered a book on Oklahoma wildflowers so I can identify blooms like these.


Closeup of the tiny green flowers.


There are dozens of types of prairie grasses and sedges. Eventually I’ll learn some of their names.


Prickly Pear seed pod

Prickly Pear seed pod

The seed pods of prickly pears are called “tunas,” and are edible.

American basketflower gone to seed.

American basketflower gone to seed.

I love the detail on the cup of the American basketflower that held the flower, and now the seeds.


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1 Comment

  1. humanity777 said,

    What is the green one that looks like a shower head? Great photography.

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