Golden Aster - Cottony Goldenaster
Chrysopsis gossypina (mariana), ssp hyssopifolia (Lannaeus) Elliott
Asteraceae (Composite Sunflower) Family
Plants is an upright biennial or short-lived perennial with fibrous roots and having several stems emerging from the plant base. Soft woolly hairs are present from the base to the top of the flower stalk and sometimes extending onto the bracts. Its preferred habitat is fields, edge of woods, roadsides and pine woods. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.
Leaves are alternate on the stem; lower leaves longer than broad, oblong to lance-like, short leaf stalks or may have no leaf stalks at all. Upper leaves may be lance-like and widest at the center; no leaf stalks, no teeth and no lobes or may be slightly toothed. Leaf tip is rounded to blunt.
Flowers are in a terminal cluster. Disc flowers are bisexual and yellow. Ray flowers are female, numerous and golden yellow. Flowers occur in late summer and early autumn.
Fruit is a seed which outer layer is fused to it (achene).