Bearded beggar-ticks was my reward for a good deed. I had gotten up early that day to help my daughter set up for a fund raiser for autism. When done, I took my usual country roads home. Aha! As soon as I saw this in the passing field, I knew it was something new. This beggar-tick grows head high in open, often damp areas. The flower heads are a couple inches across. It probably hitch hiked to the northern part of its range.
When it sticks out its figurative thumbs, not many of us manage to pass it by. I would be surprised if most of you do not remember an autumn encounter with this genus' little two-pronged burs. It grows in AL, AR, CO, CT, DE, GA, IA, ID, IL, IN, KS, KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MN, MS, NC, NE, NH, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA, WI, WV, and ON. Lenawee Co MI, 9/18/10.
Bearded beggar-ticks are the first of another series of random selections. If any of you have any requests . . .