Croptilon divaricatum (Nutt.) Raf. - Slender Scratchdaisy

Croptilon divaricatum plant

Family - Asteraceae

Stems:

Croptilon divaricatum stemUpper stem. Croptilon divaricatum stem

Leaves:

Croptilon divaricatum leaves

Inflorescence:

N/A

Involucre:

Croptilon divaricatum involucre

Flowers:

Croptilon divaricatum flowers

Flowering - August - October.

Habitat - Sandy fields, roadsides, disturbed sites, waste ground.

Origin - Native to North America.

Other information - This species can be found scattered throughout Alabama. The plant can be identified by its densely pubescent stems, serrate, cuneate leaves, much-branched inflorescences, and small yellow flowers. The plants sandy, dry habitat is another clue to a proper identification.
The genus name Croptilon derives from the Greek "kropion" meaning "a scythe - a long curved cutting tool" and "ptil(o)" meaning "a feather, wing, down" perhaps referring to the curved, pinnately toothed leaves.
The species epithet divaricatum derives from the Latin "divaric(a)" meaning "spread apart" referring to the inflorescences.
A synonym is Haplopappus divaricatus (Nutt.) Gray

Alabama Distribution:

Croptilon divaricatum map

Photographs taken at Fort Benning, GA., 9-12-05.


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