Southern Ragwort - Golden Ragwort
Packera Anonyma, Syn: Senecio smallii - (Alph. Wood) W.A. Weber & A. Löve
Asteraceae (Composite Sunflower) Family

Golden Ragwort is also called Bitter Ragwort, Appalachian Ragwort and Small's Groundsel.

The plant is an upright smooth annual with yellow daisy-like flower heads in flat-topped clusters. Its preferred habitat is wet meadows, swamps, moist woods, and roadsides. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.

The basal leaves are up to 6 inches long, heart-shaped in outline with long leaf stalks and rounded teeth. The upper stem leaves are about 4 inches long, and pinnately lobed.

The flowers are about 1/4 inch across, each head having 8 to 12 yellow ray flowers and yellow central disc flowers. Ray flowers are female only; disc flowers are bisexual in nature and symmetrical in form.

Fruit is achene.

The related Ragwort, S. glabellus, is an annual that prefers swamp forests and other low places in early spring. S. aureus has long stemmed cordate leaves. It is found on meadows and bogs, but is outside the Escambia range.

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