Texas Indian Paintbrush – a Beautiful Parasite

Photo: Brice Praslicka Species: Texas Indian Paintbrush (Castilleja indivisa) As a hemiparasite, the Indian paintbrush is part wildflower and part leech. The paintbrush roots reach into the roots of nearby grasses and rely mostly on them in order to gather their nutrients. As you can see in the photo above, all three are sprouting from the green…

Catclaw Brier

Photo: Brice Praslicka Species: Catclaw Brier or Nuttall’s sensitive-briar (Mimosa nuttallii) Click the photo above or here for the full resolution image. Catclaw briers, also known as a touch-me-not, shameplant, or shy plant, has a unique trait not found in many other plants. As the name hints, it’s “shy”. Yes, the “catclaw” part is because…