Pluchea camphorata (L.) DC. - Camphorweed

Pluchea camphorata plant

Family - Asteraceae

Stems:

Pluchea camphorata stem

Leaves:

Pluchea camphorata leaves

Inflorescence:

N/A

Involucre:

Pluchea camphorata involucre

Ray flowers:

Absent.

Disk flowers:

Pluchea camphorata flowers

Flowering - August - October.

Habitat - Pastures, bogs, woodlands, ditches, swamps, floodplains, disturbed sites.

Origin - Native to North America.

Other information - This attractive species can be found scattered throughout Alabama. The plant can be identified by its big, toothed leaves, pubescent stems, and dense inflorescences. The plant also has a fairly strong odor when crushed or bruised.
The genus Pluchea is named for French botanist Noel Antoine Pluche (1688-1761).
The species epithet camphorata means "camphor-like scented."

Alabama Distribution:

Pluchea camphorata map

Photographs taken off Moores Mill Rd., Auburn, AL., 8-26-04.


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