||Low herb, with sunny flower heads. Each
head has a number of brownish central disc flowers surrounded by
about 8 yellow ray flowers about 1/2 inch long (sometimes
missing). Heads face up at first, but bend over and nod as
they get older, as a lower right. Leaves are long,
toothed, and opposite each other, and they lack leafstalks.
There is also a whorl of leaf-like bracts behind each flower
head. Blooms in late fall.
This cheerful native lives in
wet places. In Wildwood, found under the tufa near the
There are many yellow sunflower-like species in the park.
The shortness of this plant, the whorl of leaves behind each
flower head, the tendency of old flowers to nod, and the wet
habitat are good identifying clues for this species. If
the rays are missing or very small it could be confused with
Devil's beggar ticks (B. frondosa), which has no ray flowers, is
larger and has leaves divided into 3 to 5 leaflets.