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Nature Photography by Paul Rebmann
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A frequent wildflower of disturbed sites in north Florida and the central peninsula south to Lake Okeechobee. The range includes most of the United States except Nevada, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico. It is considered exotic on Colorado. Also found across southern Canada from British Columbia to Nova Scotia and Newfoundland.
The small daisy-like flowers have between 50 and 100 white, pinkish or purplish ray florets surrounding a yellow disk. The stem is strigose. The basal leaves are elliptic to oblanceolate and entire or toothed. The cauline leaves are few, petiolate, linear and entire or nearly so.
Two species of fleabane with over 100 ray petals occur in Florida, Erigeron quercifolius - oakleaf fleabane - and Erigeron philadelphicus - Philadelphia fleabane. The only Florida counties where both of these fleabanes are found are Jackson, Franklin, Leon, Nassau and Putnam.