Wednesday, August 17, 2005

Coneflower (Dracopis Cass)

Coneflower (Dracopis Cass), Symbol: DRACO3, Group: Dicot, Family: Asteraceae, Growth Habit: Forb/herb, Duration: Annual, U.S. Nativity: Native. View 440 genera in Asteraceae

This native American wildflower is of the Daisy Family (Asteraceae) and is characterized by spiny flowering heads 1 to 2 feet tall, with elevated bloom which forms the "cone." The leaves are oblong. The yellow petals, with reddish-purple bases, are numerous and droop away from the dark, elongated, cone-shaped center as we see in this example. Blooming cycle runs from May to June. It perfers an open "disturbed" site of moist, clay soil and full sun. Scattered range of states include Arkansas, Georgia, Illinois, Kansas, Missouri, North Dakota amd South Carolina west to New Mexico.

Creator: Stolz, Gary M., Source: WO8235-001, Publisher: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Contributor: DIVISION OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS, Language: EN - ENGLISH, Rights: (public domain), Audience: (general)

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Text Reference: USDA-NRCS. 2005. The PLANTS Database ( National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA

Kingdom Plantae – Plants, Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants, Superdivision Spermatophyta – Seed plants, Division Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants, Class Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons, Subclass Asteridae – , Order Asterales – , Family Asteraceae – Aster family, Genus Dracopis Cass. – coneflower.

Coneflower (Dracopis Cass)

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