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Public Domain Picture: Illinois bundleflower (Desmanthus illinoensis) shadows on compassplant (Silphium lacinuatum) leaf in Flint Hills of Kansas

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Illinois bundleflower (Desmanthus illinoensis) shadows on compassplant (Silphium lacinuatum) leaf in Flint Hills of Kansas
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Illinois bundleflower (Desmanthus illinoensis) shadows on compassplant (Silphium lacinuatum) leaf in Flint Hills of Kansas
Illinois bundleflower (Desmanthus illinoensis) casts a shadow on compassplant (Silphium lacinuatum) leaf in Flint Hills of Kansas. Both of these species can be found in portions of the tall and mixed grass prairies. The tap root of compass plant descends up to 16 feet into the prairie soil. The large basal leaves can be 15 to 24 inches long and are deeply cut like a giant pin oak leaf. The rigid, sand paper like leaves orient themselves in a north to south direction to avoid the direct rays of the midday sun, thus leading to the plants common name of compass plant. Photo: Tom Koerner/USFWS
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