The Tallgrass prairie once
dominated the Iowa landscape until John Deere’s stainless steel plow turned it
under. Over 400 species covered the state consisting of multiple grasses and
flowering plants referred to as forbs. One of the tallest among the forbs is
the July blooming Compass Plant. The basal leaves of Compass Plant orient
themselves North to South thus the name. The Latin name, Silphium laciniatum, derives from the resinous juice it produces
during the bloom phase. Used by pioneer children as a chewing gum.
Camera: Nikon D810; 200 mm Micro;
f/14; 1/200s; ISO 140.