Pyrrhopappus carolinianus (Walt.) DC.

Carolina Desert Chickory

Pyrrhopappus carolinianus plant

Family - Asteraceae

Stems - No info. yet.

Leaves - No info. yet.

Pyrrhopappus carolinianus leaves

Inflorescence - No info. yet.

Involucre - No info. yet.

Pyrrhopappus carolinianus involucreInvolucre.

Pyrrhopappus carolinianus involucreFruiting involucre.

Ray flowers - No info. yet.

Disk flowers - Absent.

Pyrrhopappus carolinianus flowers

Pyrrhopappus carolinianus fruitsFruiting plant.

Flowering - May - October.

Habitat - Open woods, pastures, waste ground, thickets, gravel bars, roadsides, railroads.

Origin - Native to U.S.

Other info. - This species can be found throughout Missouri. The plant is easy to ID in the field because of its distinctive involucres and big yellow flower heads. The leaves are mostly basal but there are some leaves on the stem also. This species, like many of the radiate species in the Asteraceae, has a big taproot and milky sap.

Photographs taken at the Kansas City Zoo, 6-10-00, and in Auburn, AL., 4-17-05.