Montana Outdoors

April 17, 2009

Smallflower Woodland-star

While I was wandering around today this pretty little specimen of a Smallflower Woodland-star caught my eye.

Smallflower Woodland-star

(Lithophragma parviflorum)

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  1. I soooo love this!

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    Comment by Stacey - Addicted to The Click — April 17, 2009 @ 8:37 pm

    • They’re tiny, but they sure are pretty, aren’t they!

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      Comment by montucky — April 17, 2009 @ 8:54 pm

  2. That’s an unusual good looking flower, or maybe just a good photo.

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    Comment by rvewong — April 17, 2009 @ 9:35 pm

    • They are pretty flowers. Very small though, and often overlooked.

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      Comment by montucky — April 17, 2009 @ 9:43 pm

  3. What a beautiful picture. I just love how red and fuzzy the buds are, and then out pops this pure white blossom.

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    Comment by Lillie — April 17, 2009 @ 10:13 pm

    • Thanks Lillie. The red – white combination is very pleasing to my eye too.

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      Comment by montucky — April 17, 2009 @ 10:47 pm

  4. Oh they are so perfect and beautiful! I agree with Lillie…the red fuzzy buds perfectly compliment the wonderfully lobed white flower petals, and the tiny yellow anthers complete the elegance. Good things really do come in small packages!

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    Comment by Tabbie — April 17, 2009 @ 10:34 pm

    • They do have a lot tucked into their tiny world, don’t they! Each of the white blossoms is approximately 1/4 inch across. I always wonder why such a small thing puts on such a display. I’m sure it’s functional for some reason, but very aesthetic as well.

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      Comment by montucky — April 17, 2009 @ 10:52 pm

  5. It’s beautiful. I’ve never seen it before, I don’t think we have those in Norway…

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    Comment by Camilla — April 18, 2009 @ 4:27 am

    • I look at a site by the U.S. Department of Agriculture about plants to see distribution for wildflowers, but they show only North America. The distribution of the Woodland-star is just in 13 of the far west states and 3 Canadian provinces.

      I will look forward to your photos of plants in your area, Camilla!

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      Comment by montucky — April 18, 2009 @ 7:32 am

  6. i thought it would be what we commonly call the “star flower” here in the northeast. But this is entirely different! How beautiful. When the star flowers bloom I’ll get a pic to share.

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    Comment by Cedar — April 18, 2009 @ 5:26 am

    • If your starflower is this one Cedar, I’ve not seen one: it’s distribution misses Montana. I’ll look forward to your pictures!

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      Comment by montucky — April 18, 2009 @ 7:37 am

  7. How perfectly beautiful Montucky.

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    Comment by connie — April 18, 2009 @ 7:19 am

    • They are pretty! As you may have already noticed, I’m in love with wildflowers.

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      Comment by montucky — April 18, 2009 @ 7:40 am

  8. This is truly a gem of a flower and a gem of a photo. Beautiful.

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    Comment by Maureen — April 18, 2009 @ 7:48 am

    • Thanks Maureen. These don’t get nearly the attention that I think they deserve!

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      Comment by montucky — April 18, 2009 @ 7:54 am

  9. How very pretty and delicate. I bet the Woodland-star are tough wildflowers, though. Very nice capture. 🙂

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    Comment by Anna Surface — April 18, 2009 @ 9:11 am

    • They are delicate, but survive some harsh conditions. They also grow in great numbers, which I’m sure adds to their success.

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      Comment by montucky — April 18, 2009 @ 9:17 am

  10. The dark background makes this flower really stand out.

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    Comment by Preston Surface — April 19, 2009 @ 12:01 am

  11. Oh wow, that’s a spectacular *photograph* of a beautiful flower!! I wonder if I’ll get to see those when I get home.

    Beautiful!

    (I’m having a good time back East, though I’ve been in the city pretty much the whole time.)

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    Comment by gradschoolsara — April 19, 2009 @ 9:37 am

    • I’m pretty sure some of these will still be around. Glad to see you’re having a good time back there!

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      Comment by montucky — April 19, 2009 @ 9:36 pm

  12. I can see how it caught your eye. very velvety looking in the photo

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    Comment by silken — April 25, 2009 @ 9:07 pm

    • They’re tiny, but the white is striking and they are one of the first to bloom, so they get a big welcome!

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      Comment by montucky — April 25, 2009 @ 9:20 pm


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