Stiff Aster - Flax-leaf Aster
Bristleleaf Aster
Ionactis linariifolius - (Linnaeus) Greene
Asteraceae (Composite Sunflower) Family

Plant is an upright perennial, single stem that is woody and brittle. Preferred habitat is edge of thin pin woods, rocky slopes and roadsides. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.

Leaves are linear (almost chain leaf), numerous, firm, no teeth and no lobes, slightly downy.

Flowers are a single head at the tip of the plant stem, bracts are high on the flower. Rays number 10-20, violet or nearly white. Pappus is doubled; the inner one tawny and long - outer is short and bristly. Flowers occur in the autumn.

Fruit is a seed which outer layer is fused to it.

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