Bitterweed
Helenium amarum
Asteraceae (Composite Sunflower) Family

Plant is an upright, smooth, branching annual with a taproot. Preferred habitat is
roadsides, waste sites, fields and pastures. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.

Leaves are alternate on the stem, no leaf stalk; linear.

Flowers are at the top of the plant; solitary heads on stalks; symmetrical in form. Disc flowers are bisexual and yellow. Ray flowers are female; ten to fifteen in number; three lobed at the tip and also yellow. Flowers occur in the spring and summer.

Fruit is achene (a seed which outer layer is fused to it).

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