March 25, 2012 § Leave a comment

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Phemeranthus brevifolius. Synonym: Talinum brevifolium.
Portulacaceae (Portulaca Family)
Semi-desert. Depressions in rock. Spring.
Lower Butler Wash, Utah, May 3, 2007.


In 1854 John Torrey named this plantTalinum brevifolium.  In 1997 Hershkovitz placed it in a genus,Phemeranthus, that Rafinesque named in 1814.  The genus name is from the Greek “ephemeros”, “ephemeral”, “living for one day” and “anthos”, “flower”.

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“The only thing that makes life possible is permanent, intolerable uncertainty; not knowing what comes next.” – Ursula K. LeGuin

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“As frightening as uncertainty can be, it is what makes life interesting.  If we could successfully predict what was going to happen tomorrow or the next day, it would take some of the adventure out of life.  And if things always remained the same, if there were no surprises along the way, wouldn’t life be boring?  As frightening as uncertainty can be, it can be equally exciting.” – Beverly Engel


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