Ipomopsis havardii

A thanks to first-time contributor Gary Nored (aka AnEyeForTexas@Flickr) for today’s photograph of Ipomopsis havardii. Gary shared this image via the Botany Photo of the Day Flickr Pool. Gary has another photograph of the species here: Ipomopsis havardii. Much appreciated!

Havard’s ipomopsis is endemic to a small area of the Chihuahuan Desert. This species is only found in southwest Texas and the state of Chihuahua in northwest Mexico. A.M. Powell’s Trees & Shrubs of the Trans-Pecos and Adjacent Areas describes this subshrub / herbaceous perennial as occurring at elevations of 750m (2500 ft.) to 1200m (4000 ft.), on “slopes of desertic mountains and hills”.

About 30 species of Ipomopsis are recognized, all in the New World. The genus has a disjunct distribution of western North America, southeast USA and southern South America.

Ipomopsis havardii

7 responses to “Ipomopsis havardii”

  1. Sue Vargas

    Breath-taking what Mother Nature comes up with.

  2. Stuart

    Lovely plant. Very interesting how convergent evolution has produced a plant with cactus-like features (no thin, flat leaves; spines on the stems or leaves) in a completely unrelated family adapted to growing in a desert.

  3. D. Mauro-Huse

    Thanks so much, Daniel, to you and the many other photo contributors who take me to so many places I’ve never been. Entry after entry provides pictures that cause my jaw to drop and me to utter, “I can’t believe how beautiful, or unique, or unbelievably complex that particular plant is.”
    Often times the taxonomy stays with me about as long as it takes to pronounce the words. Nevertheless I relish in opening the additional websites that contain even more photos of the day’s entry, or its relatives.
    Add my gratitude to the multitudes of admirers of your work through the years. Our thanks is no doubt the only remuneration you receive for all your time and your marvelous contributions to this website.

  4. Denis Dooley

    Definitely not what I was expecting given the genus, but a pleasant surprise.
    I have planted the garden variety when I come across the seed packets but these are fairly regular looking, solid colored flowers and unremarkable foliage. However, they do thrive on neglect and get lots of attention from hummers.

  5. Lynne

    I love it. It looks like a giant spider wearing a corsage!

  6. elizabeth a airhart

    the flower is so pretty nature is a wonderment thank you

  7. Grace

    It is a beautiful plant. It’s a shame I can’t grow it in my area due to the climate that I live in.

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