Camphorweed - False Golden Aster
Heterotheca subaxillaris
Asteraceae (Composite Sunflower) Family

Camphor-Weed is also known as Golden Aster.

Plant is an upright (or reclining) polymorphic, much-branched perennial. While the plant is known to reach heights of four feet or more it usually appears in this area at heights of no more than two feet. Its preferred habitat is roadsides, woodland edges, gardens, meadows and old fields. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.

The leaves are scaly, rough, brittle, and viscose (hispid). Basal leaf blades are oval to egg-shaped, 1- to 2 inches long, stalked, winged stems that are reduced to short bracts on the flower stalks. When crushed, the leaves have a camphor-like odor.

The flowers are in clusters at the end of the flowering stem; panicle-like and about 1 inch in diameter. The ray and disc flowers are yellow. Each flower is bisexual in nature and symmetrical in form. Flowers occur in late spring, extending throughout the summer.

An unrelated plant, Marsh Fleabane, Pluchea rosea, bears light purple flowers and also has a strong camphor odor when crushed.

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