Gaillardia aestivalis (Walter) H. Rock

Lanceleaf Blanketflower

Gaillardia aestivalis plant

Family - Asteraceae

Stems - No info yet.

Gaillardia aestivalis stem

Leaves - No info yet.

Gaillardia aestivalis leaves

Inflorescence - No info yet.

Involucre - No info yet.

Gaillardia aestivalis involucre

Ray flowers - No info yet.

Disk flowers - No info yet.

Gaillardia aestivalis flowersImmature flower head.

Gaillardia aestivalis flowersMature flower head.

Gaillardia aestivalis flowersFlower head with rays.

Gaillardia aestivalis fruitsFruits.

Flowering - July - November.

Habitat - Sandy open ground, sandy soils.

Origin - Native to U.S.

Other info. - This species was only recently discovered in Missouri and has been reported in just two counties of the bootheel. The plant can be identified by its pubescent stems, thin, alternate leaves, and maroon, globose disks of flowers. The long-awned scales of the pappus are another good character for identification. Ray flowers are typically absent in this species but are sometimes present. When the flowers are present the ligules are broadly three-lobed at the apex and yellow (sometimes with some red). The plant is much more common in states to the south and east.

Photographs taken off Lee Rd 10, Lee County, AL., 8-25-04, and at Fort Benning, GA., 8-11-05.