Chrysopsis mariana (L.) Elliot - Maryland Goldenaster

Chrysopsis mariana plant

Family - Asteraceae

Stems:

Chrysopsis mariana stem

Leaves:

Chrysopsis mariana leaves

Inflorescence:

N/A

Involucre:

Chrysopsis mariana involucre

Flowers:

Chrysopsis mariana flowers

Flowering - July - November.

Habitat - Pine flatwoods, sandhills, rocky woods.

Origin - Native to North America.

Other information - This striking species can be found scattered throughout Alabama. The plant can be identified by its large golden flowerheads, lanose stems and leaves, and habitat.
The genus Chrysopsis derives from the Greek "chrys" meaning "gold" and "opsi" meaning "appearance" referring to the golden inflorescences.
The species epithet mariana means "of Maryland."

Alabama Distribution:

Chrysopsis mariana map

Photographs taken in the Tuskeegee National Forest, Macon County, AL., 10-12-04.


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