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Flame Flower

Flame Flower
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Copyright: Billy C Banks (K9madtex) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 122 W: 67 N: 278] (1022)
Genre: Plants
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-29
Categories: Flowers
Camera: Canon EOS Digital Rebel, Canon EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM, Canon 72mm UV Haze
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Wildflowers of Texas, By Cade [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-07-01 10:16
Viewed: 4445
Points: 2
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Phemeranthus aurantiacus (Engelm.) Kiger
Flame flower, Orange fameflower, Talinum
Portulacaceae (Purslane Family)
USDA Symbol: PHAU13
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.

Orange flameflower is a 4 in., succulent perennial bearing showy, yellow-orange or copper-colored flowers after summer rains. Flowers occur singly in leaf axils; opening in the morning and withering by late afternoon. Leaves are linear and fleshy. Rather stout, erect stems with evenly distributed, narrow, succulent leaves and 1 orange or reddish-orange flower in each upper leaf axil.

Native Americans once cooked the fleshy roots. A very similar species found in the same region is Narrow-leaved Fameflower (T. angustissimum); its petals are paler, generally yellow-orange, and its leaves are less than 1/16" (2 mm) wide.

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To earthtraveler: NiceK9madtex 1 07-06 03:01
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Hi Billy,
Nicely composed photo of this beautiful flower.
I like the border and your nice note.
When I first saw it I thought it looked a bit washed out though.
I did a workshop to see how it would look if brighter.
It really flames now!
TFS-- Richard

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