Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Campanulids: Asterales
Dig deeper at SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria.
"Westward we went, and still westward, through a flat, arid country with no verdure except the compass plant, which we named for the reason that its large, flat leaves always pointed north and south" (William Clark Kennerly, 1843). Read more at Scientific Library.
PLANTS National Database
Silphium laciniatum var. robinsonii
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Native: north & west of the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in - - -
Simple: Pinnately divided
Disc flowers functionally staminate/ Ray flowers pistillate & fertile
Flower heads with 27-38 ray flowers, notched at apex
TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!
- All About South Carolina Wildflowers p259
- Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians p375