Today’s photograph is courtesy of marcella2@Flickr (original image | BPotD Flickr Group Pool). If you click on the marcella2@Flickr link, you’ll be greeted by over three dozen other images of plants. Thank you, marcella2!
The European meadow salsify (or showy goat’s-beard or Jack-go-to-bed-at-noon) can now be found as an introduced species throughout most of North America. I think (read on).
The USDA PLANTS database suggests that Tragopogon pratensis is not valid, and that the plant should actually be known as Tragopogon lamottei. What’s curious is that some recent scientific papers mention both Tragopogon pratensis and Tragopogon lamottei as separate species in their experiments (see: Mavrodiev et. al. 2005. Phylogeny of Tragopogon L. (Asteraceae) Based on Internal and External Transcribed Spacer Sequence Data. International Journal of Plant Sciences. 166:117–133). Unfortunately, I don’t currently have access to the primary scientific literature to resolve why there is some apparent confusion surrounding the name – it will have to wait until later in the week when I return from Manitoba.
Photography resource link: “How to Find the Best Light for a Specific Photograph”, an article from The Luminous Landscape by Alain Briot.