Anemone berlandieri Pritzel - Texas Anemone, Tenpetal Thimbleweed

Anemone berlandieri plant

Family - Ranunculaceae

Stems:

Anemone berlandieri stem

Leaves:

Anemone berlandieri leaves

Inflorescence:

N/A

Flowers:

Anemone berlandieri flower

Anemone berlandieri flowerClose-up.

Anemone berlandieri sepalsAbaxial side of sepals.

Anemone berlandieri fruitFruit.

Anemone berlandieri blue flowerBlue flower.

Flowering - February - April.

Habitat - Open calcareous hammocks, dry roadsides.

Origin - Native to North America.

Other information - This little but showy species can be found mainly in the southern half of Alabama. It can be identified by its deeply divided cauline leaves and its showy flowers, which have many perianth divisions. It can be seen in large colonies along roadsides in the early spring. The blue-flowered form is less common than the white.
The genus name Anemone is apparently a corruption of the name "Na 'man", which is the Semitic name for Adonis. Adonis was a handsome fellow and was loved by Persephone and Aphrodite. Aphrodite was at his side when he died after being gored by a boar. Aphrodite spread the blood from his wounds, along with some nectar, on the ground around Adonis' body. The red-flowered Anemone from the Orient was believed to have sprung up from this mixture of blood and nectar.
The species epithet for the plant is given for Jean Louis Berlandier (~1805-1851). Berlandier was a talented French botanist who studied plants in Mexico and Texas. He died while trying to cross the San Fernando River.

Alabama Distribution:

Anemone berlandieri map

Photographs taken off Hwy 80, Selma, AL., 2-14-05.


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