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Nature Photography by Paul Rebmann
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A frequent low evergreen shrub of dunes, scrub and sandhills from Franklin County west through the Florida panhandle. The range includes the southeastern coastal states from Mississippi into North Carolina, where it is listed as endangered.
Chrysoma pauciflosculosa grows to about a meter (~3 ft.) tall, with glabrous stems that are round in cross section. Leaves are alternate, entire, elliptic to oblong, sessile and grayish-green from 2-6 cm (3/4 to 2-1/3 in.) long. Flowers are bright yellow, appearing mainly in the late summer and fall in clusters of numerous heads at the ends of branches.
Bush goldenrod is typically the first woody species to displace grasses on the inner dune ridges of the panhandle coast.