Robin's-Plantain - Early Whitetop Fleabane
vernus (Linnaeus) Torrey & A. Gray
Asteraceae (Composite Sunflower) Family

Robin's Plantaion (better known as Early Whitetop Fleabane) is an upright, few branching biennial or short-lived perennial; smooth to slightly hairy with new growth arising from a stolon. Its preferred habitat is low moist areas, thin pine lands, seepage areas and ditches. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.

The flowers are solitary on the stem; consisting of about 30 ray flowers (or half as many as Philadelphia and Daisy Fleabane). Flowers appear in clusters of two or three; flat-topped; rays are white and the female part of the flower; symmetrical in shape. Disc flowers are bisexual; numerous and yellow. Flowers occur in the spring and summer.

The leaves are alternate on the stem; consisting of one whole part. Basal leaves are oblong to widest at the middle; no teeth and no lobes (or may be finely toothed). The base graduates to a narrow point.

Fruit is achene.

The related E, philadelphia and E. strigosus are full flowered; ray flowers numbering 75 to 100 and the leaves are larger and thicker.

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