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Pyrrhopappus carolinianus

CAROLINA DESERTCHICORY

FALSE DANDELION

Florida native

 

A frequent wildflower of dry hammocks and disturbed sites throughout most of the panhandle, north Florida and the central peninsula south into Sarasota, Desoto, Highlands and Indian River Counties. The range extends throughout the southeast and surrounding states west into Texas to Nebraska, north into Iowa, Illinois, Indiana and Pennsylvania, northeast into Delaware.
Similar to common dandelion but with stem leaves. The lemon-yellow flowers may be single stalked or in loose, corymbiform arrays. Flowers have from 50 to 150 ray florets, typically with toothed tips. Disk florets are absent and dark filaments are usually visible in the center. Blooms all year. The stem and branches are smooth or only minutely hairy. Both basal and alternate stem leaves are present and are narrowly elliptic to oblanceolate and toothed or lobed.
Wildflowers with similar flowers, but with fewer florets, no dark filaments and hairy stems are hawkweeds, such as queen-devil.

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Pyrrhopappus carolinianus is a member of the Asteraceae - Aster family.
 

Central Florida Wildflowers

  Roger L. Hammer
 A Field Guide to Wildflowers of the Lake Wales Ridge, Ocala National Forest, Disney Wilderness Preserve, and More than 60 State Parks and Preserves

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Central Florida Wildflowers
This guide features stunning color photographs of 300 common wildflowers from Ocala National Forest, Merritt Island National Wildlife Refuge, Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge, the Disney Wilderness Preserve, Archbold Biological Station, and Paynes Prairie State Park among others. Detailed descriptions and full-color photos aid the reader in identifying plants in the field.


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