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Texas yellow star or Lindheimer daisy, Lindheimera texana

Texas yellow star or Lindheimer daisy, Lindheimera texana

A member of the aster family (Asteraceae), the Lindheimer daisy is 6-24 inches tall and has a lovely yellow flower head. Each 1–1 ¼-inch petal contains two veins and is indented at the tip. Enquist describes “the yellow flower heads as having 5 ray flowers and 2 or 3 times as many disk flowers”. Goyne tells us that Lindheimer was preoccupied with this annual plant which he called “little asteroid.” But Lindheimer had a secret. He dreamed the “little asteroid” would make him immortal in the annals of botany. What do you think?

More Information

  • Goyne, Minetta A.: A Life Among the Texas Flora, TAMU Press, 1991
  • Enquist, Marshall: Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country, Lone Star Botanical, 1987


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