Arizona Wildflowers — Fiddleneck
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Many of the flowers that I’ve shown on this blog in recent weeks have been relatively conspicuous. Either they are large or they are brightly colored or both. Not so with tonight’s plant. This is Fiddleneck.
I found this plant in Sabino Canyon growing on a slope that abuts the canyon’s riparian area. The plant was about a foot tall and it had a couple of companions of the same species. Each plant consisted of from one to several slender stems growing from a flat base. The stems rose upward and then curved over and at the top there were a few flowers surrounded by white, hairy leaves. The flowers were tiny. Really tiny, in fact, only being about 1/4 inch in diameter. The area where the plants were growing was slightly shaded. The plants and their flowers were so inconspicuous from a distance that I could easily have walked right past them without noticing them.
But, I did notice the plants and I was pleased that I did. The flowers, albeit tiny, are quite attractive little yellow trumpets with reddish brown centers. They prove that tiny flowers can be as attractive in their own way as are the flowers on bigger, showier plants.
Fiddleheads get their name from the way in which the tops of their stems curl over. They are a bit reminiscent of the necks of stringed instruments like violins. There’s something a bit ominous about these plants; they are toxic and can poison livestock.
Image made with a Canon 5DS-R, 180 f3.5L Macro Lens assisted by Canon 600EX-RT Speedlite, mounted on monopod, M setting, ISO 160, f14 @ 1/160.