Clasping Coneflower
Dracopsis amplexicaulis - (Vahl) Cassini
Asteraceae (Composite Sunflower) Family

 

Plant is an erect annual with a taproot that reaches heights of two to five feet; branched above. Preferred habitat is alluvial soils, old fields and roadsides. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.

Leaves clasp the stem; two to six inches long; reduced in size at upper part of stem; pale green; widest at the middle. Leaf margins are smooth to coarsely toothed.

Flowers are in solitary clusters at the end of a branch; about three inches in diameter. Ray flowers are yellow with a red spot at base; occasionally dark maroon to nearly black. Disc flowers are dark brown on an elongated axis which increases in length with maturity. Flowering occurs in the spring.

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

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