16 responses to “Stanleya pinnata var. pinnata”

  1. Anna

    Great photos! I really love the juxtaposition of the bright vigorous plant against the backdrop of what looks like barren wasteland in comparison. It reminds me of hiking around Sedona, where the often tiny, but also often vibrant plants almost startle you as you discover them emerging from the dry red earth. Also, thank you for the nonsense botany links. They made my day!

  2. MB Whitcomb

    Nice shots, great colour.

  3. Janeal Thompson


    The “nonsense” botany links are great. Thanks for the link. Although both photos are wonderful, “Early Morning Breeze is exceptional.

  4. Amgharad Highes

    As a botany graduate l really enjoied this site. However the new site is no longer enjoyable. The pictures are smaller than postage stamps! Instead of botany picture of the day l suggest you call it botany picture of the nano second.

  5. Richard Windsor

    illustrations aren’t displaying

  6. Sue Frisch

    Hi Daniel. This time (for me) the photos popped up fast…a second of ellipses and then poof! no need to refresh.
    Also, pix were not “smaller than postage-stamps.” I’m using a Macbook with Safari, nothing special. and the larger images come up fine.
    Hope this info offers a clue to what’s going on. It’s so wonderful to have BPoD back that a little effort is nothing in comparison! Thank you!

  7. Evelyn

    Beautiful photos, thank you. Grateful for your generosity in sharing them.

  8. Mary Meyer

    I also had problems with the pictures not loading but refreshing did the trick.

  9. Gabrielle

    The first few entries wouldn’t open properly but this one did with a refresh. I clicked on the 2nd photo – -so beautiful, almost like a painting in the background against the sharp focus of the plant. Thank you!

    1. Love Albrecht Howard


      The 2nd photo IS like a painting. Glorious! You have an artists eye . . . thank you for pointing that out!


  10. Love Albrecht Howard

    Daniel, Hi!

    I’m DELIGHTED Botany Photo of the Day is BACK! THANK YOU! I loved reading about Stanleya pinnata and it’s status as perennial, sub shrub and shrub . . . fascinating! But just had to tell you I’d never stumbled upon the Edward Lear nonsensical botany before, and I just loved it! THANK YOU FOR THE CHUCKLES! And thanks for bringing BPotD back to your fans!

    Best always,

    Love Albrecht Howard
    Plymouth, Massachusetts

  11. DrBob

    Among the many places this plant grows in California is in denuded deposits of coarse sand and fine gravel left behind by low-elevation rivers and streams during high flows. These plants are invariably herbaceous and can grow to over your head in a single season. Butterflies love the flowers, but nobody eats the plants because they are very efficient accumulators of selenium.

    I too am glad BPotD is back.

  12. Roger Rosentreter

    Stanleya pinnata mostly occurs as isolated plants in badlands that are high in Selenium and therefore do not have much vegetative competition around it. It is a good Selenium indicator and is rarely eaten due to its accumulation of Selenium.

  13. Cheryl

    In southeastern Utah around Moab Prince’s Plume is thought to be a marker for uranium! There are some beautiful stands of it on the sandy banks of the Colorado River.

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