Marshallia caespitosa

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head in Spring--these flowers open from the outside in.  The green structures that poke up in between the flowers are a type of bract. head again--what type of florets are present in these heads--disk or ray?  Also notice the developing head to the right of center in this picture.  Do you see the long phyllaries?

another head, showing the curled stigmas and pinkish purple anthers basal rosette of leaves--this is how Marshallia caespitosa spends the winter (Marshallia is an herbaceous perennial)