Baccharis halimifolia L. - Groundsel Tree
Family - Asteraceae
Bark of mature plant.
Involucre of staminate flowers.
Flowering - August - October.
Habitat - Old fields, fence rows, woodlands, waste ground, marshes.
Origin - Native to North America.
Other information - This weedy shrub can be found mainly in the southern half of Alabama. The plant can be identified even at quite a distance because of the large whitish pappus of the pistillate flowers which create a cottony look to the plant. Plants are dioeceous meaning that male and female flowers are created on different plants. The staminate plants are smaller and much less noticeable than the pistillate plants.
Photographs taken near Andalusia, AL., 10-24-04.