Prairie Golden Aster
(Nashville Camphorweed - Lemon Yellow Golden Aster)
Chrysopsis camporum, Var. Heterotheca camporum
Var. glandulissimum
Asteraceae (Composite Sunflower) Family

Plant is an upright, coarsely hairy perennial with a taproot. Preferred habitat is prairies and at roadside. Distribution is occasional in the Escambia region.

leaves are alternate on the stem; widest at the middle to egg-shaped; no leaf stalks or occasionally short stalks. Leaf margins are finely toothed.

Flowers are heads in a cluster; numerous; symmetrical in shape. Disc flowers are bisexual; yellow; ray flowers are female; numerous and golden yellow. Flowers occur in the summer.

Fruit is achene.

The plant is often confused with Golden Camphorweed as the appearance is virtually identical. The distinguishing characteristic is the crushed leaf of Golden Camphorweed has a distinct odor of camphor; whereas Prairie Golden Aster has none.

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