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Yellow Salsify Puffball/Tragopogon Dubius

Posted by
Steven (Chicagoland, United States) on 11 September 2009 in Plant & Nature and Portfolio.

Don't be mistaken. This is not the famous dandelion puffball. While you can't tell by looking at it, the yellow salsify's puffball is about twice the size as the dandelion's puffball; about three inches in diameter and its stem about waist-high. The seeds, with each of its large, hairy parachutes, held on tight to the yellow salsify's head. I couldn't help but see eyelashes that were woven with spun spider webs to give the individual parachutes their cupped look.

It was interesting to note that the yellow salsify is native to southern and central Europe and western Asia. What's it doing in Illinois? Photographs taken July 7, 2009.

Canon PowerShot A630 1/60 second F/2.8 8 mm

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Onlymehdi from Wayne, United States

very nice

11 Sep 2009 5:16am

MJ from Delaware, United States

wonderful series of shot... such great details

11 Sep 2009 12:01pm

MARIANA from Waterloo, Canada

Gorgeous collage of these closeups !! Excellent !!!

11 Sep 2009 12:55pm

Ralph Jones from Detroit, United States

This is beautiful, and thanks for the info, I have never heard of the yellow salsify.

11 Sep 2009 1:24pm

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

If you think yellow salsify is an invasive exotic, try pythons, iguanas, and nile monitor lizards.

11 Sep 2009 1:31pm

Viewfinder from Bradenton, FL, United States

By the way, I really like this presentation. I think it is a poster in the making or something that ought to be on a book cover jacket or calendar. Really nicely done Steven.

11 Sep 2009 1:32pm

john4jack from Corvallis, Oregon, United States

Thanks for the commentary. Excellent collage.

11 Sep 2009 2:13pm

dj.tigersprout from New York City, United States

this is lovely!! what a spread!

11 Sep 2009 6:34pm

Marilla from Turku, Finland

Good idea and well done! I like this collage very much!

11 Sep 2009 7:19pm

MadScientist from Düsseldorf, Germany

Don't worry, I grow palm trees and tree ferns on my balcony, although they are not native here, that works really well. As long as neophytes don't get invasive I wouldn't be too wooried. :-)
Very nice collection of closeps, really interesting to compare the various forms.

11 Sep 2009 10:19pm

Theys from Charleroi, Belgium

Good idea and well done!

12 Sep 2009 8:26am

zOOm from Paris, France

A great idea indeed ! Lovely presentation.

12 Sep 2009 8:45am

Ronnie 2¢ from Atlantic Shores, United Kingdom

Dandelion or mot, this a refreshing way of displaying these puffball clocks.

13 Sep 2009 7:14am

Barbara Kile from United States

Way to go to work your subject! Nice work here.

15 Sep 2009 5:24am

Earnest from Oklahoma, United States

Good ol' salsify has some beautiful seed heads that I too have experimented with long and hard in photos -- really a photo never seems to do justice.

16 Sep 2009 5:00pm

Linda from Riga/Sigulda, Latvia


17 Sep 2009 4:24pm

Mahboubeh from Raleigh, United States

Amazing....LOVE IT

21 Feb 2010 3:22am