Verbesina aristata (Ell.) Heller - Coastplain Crownbeard

Verbesina aristata plant

Family - Asteraceae

Stems:

Verbesina aristata stem

Leaves:

Verbesina aristata leaves

Inflorescence:

Verbesina aristata inflorescence

Involucre:

Verbesina aristata involucre

Ray flowers:

Verbesina aristata flowers

Disk flowers:

Verbesina aristata disk

Flowering - June - September.

Habitat - Flatwoods, hammocks, savannahs.

Origin - Native to North America.

Other information - This species can essentially be found in the southeastern corner of Alabama and is endemic to the pine flatwoods and savannah habitats. The plant can be identified by its hairy stems and opposite, sessile leaves that are sharply dentate all the way to the base. The leaves become bract-like and alternate in the inflorescence. The winged, orbicular fruits are a good indicator of the genus.
The genus name Verbesina is of uncertain derivation. It is said to have been morphed from the genus Verbena.
The species epithet aristata derives from the Latin "arist(a)" meaning "an awn, bristle" referring to ?

Alabama Distribution:

Verbesina aristata map

Photographs taken at Fort Benning, GA., 7-3-05.


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