Helianthus microcephalus T. & G.

Helianthus microcephalus plant

Family - Asteraceae

Stems - No info. yet.

Helianthus microcephalus stem

Leaves - No info. yet.

Helianthus microcephalus leavesPressed leaves.

Inflorescence - No info. yet.

Involucre - No info. yet.

Helianthus microcephalus involucreInvolucre.

Ray flowers - No info. yet.

Disk flowers - No info. yet.

Helianthus microcephalus flowersFlowers.

Flowering - August - September.

Habitat - Moist or dry open woods, swampy ground along streams, thickets, sandy fields, typically in acid or clay soils.

Origin - Native to U.S.

Other info. - This species has the smallest flowerheads of any in the genus in Missouri. The heads rarely get over 3cm broad and have 5-8 rays. A mature plant can be much larger than on the picture above, they typically reach 3-4m in height.
"microcephalus" means "small head."

Photographs taken in Brown Summit, NC., 10-3-02.


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