Golden Aster
Chrysopsis camporum
Asteraceae (Composite Sunflower) Family

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Also called False Camphor Weed.

Plant is an upright, sprawling, coarsely hairy perennial with a taproot. Preferred habitat is roadsides, margin of pine forests, stream banks and prairies. Distribution is throughout the Escambia River region.

Leaves are alternate on the stem, widest at the middle or slightly oval; no leaf stalks (sessile or nearly so), with margins finely toothed.

Flowers are numerous heads; symmetrical in shape. Disc flowers are bisexual and yellow. Ray flowers are female, numerous and also golden yellow.

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

The Latin describes this plant as being "similar, but not true,” referring to its resemblance to the Camphor Weed.

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