Helianthus carnosus


Torreya 2: 74. 1902.

Common names: Lakeside sunflower
EndemicConservation concern
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 21. Treatment on page 156. Mentioned on page 143.

Perennials, 10–60 cm, (with crown buds). Stems erect, (unbranched) glabrous, eglandular. Leaves mostly basal; opposite (proximal) or alternate; petioles obscure (intergrading with blades); blades lanceolate to lance-linear or linear, 10–25 × 0.5–1.5 cm, bases cuneate, margins entire, faces glabrous, not gland-dotted (cauline 1–5 pairs, smaller). Heads 1(–3). Peduncles 5–10 cm. Involucres broadly hemispheric, 17–25 mm diam. Phyllaries (green with purple veins) 25–30, ovate to lance-ovate, 8–16 × 3–5 mm, apices acuminate, abaxial faces usually glabrous, sometimes puberulent. Paleae 8–9 mm, 3-toothed (middle teeth long-acuminate). Ray florets 12–17; laminae 20–40 mm, (abaxial faces not gland-dotted). Disc florets 100+; corollas 6–6.5 mm, lobes yellow; anthers dark, appendages yellowish or dark. Cypselae 3 mm, glabrous; pappi of 2 aristate scales 1.5–2 mm plus 2–4 erose scales 0.3–0.6 mm. 2n = 34.

Phenology: Flowering early–late summer.
Habitat: Wet prairies, flatwoods
Elevation: 0–10+ m


Of conservation concern.

Helianthus carnosus is distinctive in morphology and is known from relatively few counties in northeastern Florida.

Selected References


Lower Taxa