Brown-eyed Susan --Dark-eyed Sunflower
Purpledisk Sunflower
Rudbeckia triloba - Linnaeus var. triloba
Asteraceae (Composite Sunflower) Family


Plant is an upright, spreading perennial that is densely covered with flowers that measure in excess of two inches in diameter. Preferred habitat is moist savannas and pine woods. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.

Leaves are oval; toothed or scalloped near base on long, winged stems. Middle and upper leaves are small and alternate.

Flower heads are in corymbs (flower clusters in which the outermost flowers open first); ray flowers are symmetrical in shape; dark yellow near head; lighter outward; reddish purple disc flowers are bisexual; ray flowers are all female. Flowers occur in the spring and summer.

Fruit is a seed whose outer layer is fused to it.

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