Pineland Ginseng - Squarehead - Nerve Ray -Tetragonia
Tetragonotheca helianthoides - Linnaeus
Asteraceae (Composite Sunflower) Family

Plant is an upright, clump-forming perennial. Preferred habitat is prairies, the margin of pine woods, roadsides and sandy slopes. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.

Leaves are opposite; toothed to lobed; no leaf stalks and may be fused at the base.

Flowers are a single head at the end of the stem; outer four bracts are leafy; inner bracts are small; each subtending a ray-flower; disc is cone shaped and chaffy. Tube flowers are five-toothed; rays numbering six to fifteen and yellow. Veins are often red; no pappus. The four bracts that enclose the square bud gives the plant its name. Flowering occurs in the spring and extends into early summer.

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