Brown Eyed Susan by Ron Russell

Canon SX40 HS
Doe Run Lake Covington Kentucky, USA

Description: This is a biennial or short-lived perennial plant up to 5’ tall. It branches frequently at the leaf axils and its appearance is rather bushy at maturity. The stems are dark red and they have conspicuous white hairs, particularly along the upper half of the plant. The alternate leaves are up to 4" long and 2" across. They are lanceolate to ovate, slightly to coarsely dentate, and rough-textured from minute stiff hairs. Some of the lower leaves are divided into three lobes. Individual upper stems terminate in 1-2 flowerheads. Each flowerhead is about 1½-2" across, consisting of 6-12 ray florets that surround a brown to black flattened cone of numerous disk florets. The petaloid rays of the flowerheads are bright yellow and oblong in shape. The tiny disk florets are narrowly cylindrical. Around the base of each flowerhead, there are inner and outer floral bracts (phyllaries) that are green and ciliate. The flowerheads have little or no scent. The blooming period occurs from mid-summer to late summer for about 1-2 months. On robust plants, 6 or more flowerheads are often in bloom at the same time, creating a showy effect. The small achenes are 4-angled and have no tufts of hair. The root system is shallow and fibrous.

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My name is Ron Russell. I have lived in Newport, Kentucky since 1986.
My interest in photography as a hobby goes back to a Minolta camera I found in 1974.I love digital photgraphy because of the freedom it gives me to shoot whatever whenever I want. My Canon SX40 HS is a constant companion.
I’ll add a caption to any photo. Let me know what you want I’ll add it, upload and reply.

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  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 2 years ago

  • kalaryder
    kalaryderover 2 years ago

    Great descsription and shot

  • A belated tlhank you, Kala.

    – Ron Russell

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixonover 2 years ago

    Natures Paintbrush

    BEAUTIFUL work,

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 2 years ago

    Congratulations!!! Your BEAUTIFUL image is being
    FEATURED in the group, “Wildflowers of North America!!”

  • Thanks, once again, for the complement, Lori.

    – Ron Russell

  • lorilee
    lorileeover 2 years ago

    Don’t forget to enter our Color Me Yellow Challenge in the group,
    “Wildflowers of North America!!”

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