Greater Tickseed - Whorled Coreopsis - Woodland Tickseed
Coreopsis major Walter
Asteraceae (Composite Sunflower) Family

Plant is an upright, smooth to slightly hairy perennial from a fleshy underground root system. Preferred habitat is roadsides, woods, woodland edges and fields. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.

Leaves are opposite on the stem; in sets of three to the base and then appearing whorled. Segments are lance-shaped with margins usually toothed but occasionally having no teeth or lobes.

Flowers are at the top of the stem in a flat cluster of heads; symmetrical in form. Disc flowers are bisexual; yellow or red; ray flowers are female and numerous. Petal tips are rounded, but may appear slightly toothed and yellow. Flowers occur in late spring and throughout the summer.

Fruit is achene.

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