Hasteola suaveolens (L.) Pojark.

False Indian Plantain


CC = 9
CW = -3
MOC = 9

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Family - Asteraceae/Senecioneae

Stem - Erect, to >1 m, unbranched, glabrous.

Hasteola_suaveolens_leaves.jpg Stem and leaves.

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Leaves - Basal and alternate. Lower leaves petiolate, hastate, sharply toothed. Upper leaves progressively smaller, with shorter petioles and hastate lobing reduced or absent.

Hasteola_suaveolens_leaf.jpg Lower leaf.

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Inflorescence - Terminal panicle, sometimes also smaller axillary panicles.

Hasteola_suaveolens_inflorescence.jpg Inflorescence.

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Involucre - Cylindrical to narrowly bell-shaped, 10-14 mm. Bracts in two series, outer shorter and spreading, inner longer and appressed. Inner bracts typically whitened near apex, especially in bud.

Hasteola_suaveolens_involucre.jpg Involucre.

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Florets - Disk florets 20-45 per head. Corollas 8-12 mm long, white or cream colored. Pappus of numerous capillary bristles. Rays absent.

Hasteola_suaveolens_florets.jpg Florets.

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Hasteola_suaveolens_florets2.jpg Florets.

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Flowering - July - September.

Habitat - Bottomland forests, streambanks.

Origin - Native to the U.S.

Other info. - This striking species is found in Missouri only in a few counties, mostly in the east-central part of the state. It is perhaps most striking when in bud, with the spreading outer involucral bracts and nearly white inner bract tips giving rise to a characteristic "starry" appearance. When open, the flowering heads attract numerous insects. Another name for this plant is Senecio suaveolens

Photographs taken along Tuque Creek, 8-19-2010, at Little Lost Creek Conservation Area, Warren County, MO, 7-12-2012, 9-6-2015, and 9-6-2016, and along the Chubb Trail, 8-29-2017 (SRTurner).