Helianthus microcephalus Torr. & A. Gray

Small Woodland Sunflower

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STATS

Native
CC = 8
CW = 5
MOC = 6

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Family - Asteraceae/Heliantheae

Stems - No info. yet.

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Leaves - No info. yet.

Helianthus_microcephalus_leaves.jpg Pressed leaves.

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Inflorescence - No info. yet.

Involucre - No info. yet.

Helianthus_microcephalus_involucre.jpg Involucre.

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Ray flowers - No info. yet.

Disk flowers - No info. yet.

Helianthus_microcephalus_flowers.jpg Flowers.

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Flowering - August - September.

Habitat - Moist or dry open woods, swampy ground along streams, thickets, sandy fields, typically in acid or clay soils.

Origin - Native to U.S.

Other info. - This species has the smallest flowerheads of any in the genus in Missouri. The heads rarely get over 3cm broad and have 5-8 rays. A mature plant can be much larger than on the picture above, they typically reach 3-4m in height.
"microcephalus" means "small head."

Photographs taken in Brown Summit, NC., 10-3-02.