Monday, October 25, 2010

Goldenaster, October 2, 2010

Patches of small, low, yellow, daisy-like flowers are currently showing along roads and bike paths. It was a mystery to me since none of my reference books depicted such a wildflower. I finally determined that the wildflower is coastalplain goldenaster (Chrysopsis scabrella, a member of the aster or daisy family). It is normally a weedy, erect plant, but repeated mowing has forced it into a low-growing form seen along roadsides.

Coastalplain goldenaster (Chrysopsis scabrella, Asteraceae)

These plants were near the Satellite Beach Library.

Front and side views of flower head.

Seed head and seeds.

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