Antelope Horn Milkweed - a Texas Wild flower

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    Best viewed large. This tiny Antelope Horn (Asclepias viridis) flower is a native Texas wild flower and was found in the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center in South Austin. This unusual green flower is only about 3/4" across and very unusual as it was the first flower to erupt from something similar to a small head of cabbage, but with pentagon shaped pieces instead of leaves. While it is considered to be a member of the milkweed family which is considered to be poisonous, according to some sources, it has been used by early natives and settlers to make different types of medicines.

    If you look closely, particularly in the large view, you can see a perfect tiny five-pointed green star set in a field of white in the very center of the flower. The Antelope Horn flower probably should have been considered for designation as the Official flower of the State of Texas, but maybe no one had a magnifiying glass back then, or maybe they were swayed by the beautify of the fields of bluebonnets strewn across the fields of central Texas. But this flower should at least get honorable mention for the perfect star it displays for its native Lone Star State.

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    1. meoko 61 months ago | reply

      holy macro

    2. Fairtopartlycloudy 61 months ago | reply

      Awesome shot Gary!

    3. melimagery 61 months ago | reply

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    4. pieceoflace photography 61 months ago | reply

      Amazing flower macro the lime green color.

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    5. pjpink 61 months ago | reply

      Thanks for sharing your wonderful photo in


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    6. ..AishA.. 61 months ago | reply

      So beautifuly composed a sence of spring is all over in this fresh green !!

    7. MiriamLand 61 months ago | reply

      wow, never seen anything like this!!
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    8. Rachel16857 61 months ago | reply

      wow, what a beautiful capture!

    9. Mary Trebilco 61 months ago | reply

      Excellent details!! Great macro work.

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    10. Memorableness 61 months ago | reply

      This is beautiful!!
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    11. ejmc 61 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    12. Birdman of El Paso 61 months ago | reply

      Fabulous image, I love your brilliant colors.

    13. Carl Chen 61 months ago | reply

      Awesome macro shot Gary!
      Your Texas wild flower is wild and beautiful!!

    14. ♡Lynn♡ 61 months ago | reply

      What a fantastic macro! so detailed & larger than life! I love the color tones of the green also! Very nice!!!

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    16. TXphotoblog 60 months ago | reply

      Wow, really exceptional! I've lived in Texas all my life, but I don't believe I've ever seen one of these.

    17. [nosamk] KMason photography 59 months ago | reply

      nice shot - looks alien

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