Inflorescence - Terminal corymbiform arrangement of multiple flower heads.

Disk flowers - 4-5 per flower head, exserted from the involucre. Corolla greenish-white, glabrous, 5-lobed. Corolla tube to 5mm long. Lobes to +3mm long, linear, curling. Stamens 5, adnate at the apex of the corolla tube, exserted. Filaments green, glabrous, 2mm long. Anthers connate around the style, brownish, to +2mm long. Style green, glabrous, well exserted, bifurcate. Stigmas spreading. Achenes green in flower, +/-2mm long, terete, glabrous. Pappus of white barbellate bristles, to 5mm long, many.

Origin - Native to U.S.


the flower head

Other info. - The leaves of this species are quite thick and leathery. The plant is often found wilted in periods of little rain. The leaf pictured above is typical of the plants I have encountered but the leaves can be quite variable in shape.