Oct. 22, 2022

Texas babybonnets, Coursetia axillaris

I figured babybonnets aren't as mysterious as I made them. They are the last of the images from my trip six months ago, and I recently figured them out. Then I went looking for info, and there's not much there. I couple of sites had nothing more than the name. They're a shrubby eudicot, rare in southern Texas, more common in adjacent Mexico. The flowers may be pink, yellow, or look like this. So since there's little more to say, what is a eudicot? The term came into use in the 1990s, so it was another mystery to an oldster like me. There's two divisions of flowering plants, monocots and dicots. Right? No. Now we have figured out that there are three. The third is the first, the most primitive plants, among them magnolias. These plants preceded two main branches. So now we have basal angiosperms or magnoliid dicots, eudicots and monocots. Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center, Travis Co TX, 4/17/22. Bean family, Fabaceae.