Thursday, July 23, 2009

Elephant Heads

As mentioned in the Lemonade post, we saw a lot of dead and dying trees in the Steamboat Springs area. As a counter point, this picture was taken in the same general area and time as the photos of the stricken trees.

This is flower is know as the 'Elephant's Head Lousewort' (Pedicularis groenlandica). Or, just simply 'elephant's head'. It's a common sight in the mountain wetlands and near streams of the Western United States.

According to Utah Weeds and Wildflowers, Louseworts are named such "because it was once believed that animals eating them would become infested with lice". People can believe the funniest things...

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8 comments:

boliyou said...

Love this macro. The blossoms really do look like elephant heads. Thanks for playing!

kaye said...

i think it looks like an elephant head

sonia a. mascaro said...

Beautiful flower! Sure, it looks like an elephant head.

Bryan said...

Pink(ish) elephants on parade.

Photo Cache said...

Sure looks like elephant's head. What a lovely flower.

Bhavesh Chhatbar said...

What a perfect name to these flowers. This is the first time I've seen this one!

Slow and Beautiful — Snail

Mamapippa said...

I've never seen a flower like that, but they really look like elephant heads, wonderful !

Russ said...

Thanks ya'll!