Maryland Golden Aster - Seaside Golden Aster
Chrysopsis mariana
Asteraceae (Composite Sunflower) Family

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Plant is and upright or sprawling perennial with fibrous roots. As new growth the plant has soft hairs along the stem and leaf but become smooth at maturity. Preferred habitat is fields, edge of woods, roadsides, thin pine woods and sandy areas at seashore. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.

Leaves are alternate on the stem, consisting of a whole part; lower leaves are oblong or egg-shaped with leaf stalks. Upper leaves are lance-like and widest at the middle with no leaf stalk; may have smooth leaf margins or scattered teeth.

Flowers are in a cluster at the end of a stem. Disc flowers are bisexual and yellow; ray flowers are female, numerous, and also golden yellow. Plant is considered an autumn bloomer although it begins to flower as early as June.

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

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