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Harlequin calicoflower (Downingia insignis)

The harlequin calicoflower (Downingia insignis) is an annual herb, which is native to vernal pools and drying wetlands in western North America. It produces small, showy wildflowers, whose petals are adorned with bold venation. Additional common names include harlequin downingia and cupped downingia.

Harlequin calicoflower (Downingia insignis) and brass buttons (Cotula coronopifolia).  Jepson Prairie Preserve, Solano County, California, USA.  Stock Photo ID=PLA0492
Harlequin calicoflower (Downingia insignis), wide-angle close-up of a field of wildflowers. The yellow, rayless flowers are brass buttons (Cotula coronopifolia). They are non-native to California and are considered to be an invasive species. Jepson Prairie Preserve, Solano County, California, USA.
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Harlequin calicoflower (Downingia insignis).  Jepson Prairie Preserve, Solano County, California, USA.  Stock Photo ID=PLA0485
Harlequin calicoflower (Downingia insignis), highly detailed close-up of a beautiful wildflower in bloom. Jepson Prairie Preserve, Solano County, California, USA.
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Harlequin calicoflower (Downingia insignis).  Jepson Prairie Preserve, Solano County, California, USA.  Stock Photo ID=PLA0486
Harlequin calicoflower (Downingia insignis), overhead view of several plants. Jepson Prairie Preserve, Solano County, California, USA.
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