Dracopsis amplexicaulis (Vahl) Cass. - Clasping Coneflower

Dracopsis amplexicaulis plant

Family - Asteraceae

Stems:

Dracopsis amplexicaulis stem

Leaves:

Dracopsis amplexicaulis leaves

Dracopsis amplexicaulis leaf

Inflorescence:

N/A

Involucre:

Dracopsis amplexicaulis involucre

Ray flowers:

Dracopsis amplexicaulis flowers

Disk flowers:

Dracopsis amplexicaulis disk

Flowering - May - July.

Habitat - Fields, open-disturbed sites, roadsides.

Origin - Native to North America.

Other information - This species can be found scattered throughout much of central Alabama. The plant is easy to identify because of its clasping leaves and columnar disk inflorescence.
The genus name Dracopsis derives from the Latin "drac(o)" meaning "a dagon, serpent" and the Greek "opsi" meaning "appearance, sight, resembling" referring to the pubescent and fairly long stigmas of the disk flowers.
The species epithet amplexicaulis derives from the Latin "ample(x)" meaning "to embrace" and the Greek "caul(is)" meaning "a stem, stalk" referring to the clasping leaves of the stem.

Alabama Distribution:

Dracopsis amplexicaulis map

Photographs taken off Hwy 21 near Selma, AL., 6-4-05.


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