Packera anonyma (A.W. Wood) W.A. Weber & A. Love - Small's Ragwort

Packera anonyma plant

Family - Asteraceae

Stems:

Packera anonyma stem

Leaves:

Packera anonyma leaves

Inflorescence:

Packera anonyma inflorescence

Involucre:

Packera anonyma involucre

Ray flowers:

Packera anonyma flowers

Disk flowers:

Packera anonyma disk

Flowering - April - June.

Habitat - Meadows, hammocks, fields, pastures, disturbed sites, roadsides, railroads.

Origin - Native to North America.

Other information - This attractive and common species can be found throughout Alabama. It is probably the most abundant species of Packera in the state. The plant can be identified by its many yellow flower heads, sparse arachnoid pubescence, deeply divided cauline leaves, and long-petiolate, serrate basal leaves. The blades of the basal leaves are typically lanceolate to elliptic.
A synonym for the species is Senecio smallii Britt.
The genus Packera is named in honor of Dr. John G. Packer (1929-). Dr. Packer is a distinguished North American botanist and is currently one of the many botanists working on the Flora of North America project.
The species epithet anonyma derives from the Greek "an" meaning "without" and "onym" meaning "a name." Why the plant is named this way is not known to me.

Alabama Distribution:

Packera anonyma map

Photographs taken off Lee Rd 27, Auburn, AL., 5-2-05.


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