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compass flower

Silphium laciniatum

Description:

The compass flower is a perennial herbaceous plant similar in appearance to a sunflower. Its stems are covered in bristly-hairs and its alternately arranged leaves are deeply pinnately lobed. It is a North American native found growing in the middle of the continent. See a distribution map here http://plants.usda.gov/java/profile?symb... "Compass plants are so named because they tend to align their foliage North - South to present the minimum surface area to the hot noon sunshine."

Habitat:

Spotted along an urban nature trail. (S. Creek Greenway Trail)


1 species ID suggestions

Compass Plant
Silphium laciniatum Silphium laciniatum

1 Comment

Scott Frazier
Scott Frazier 6 years ago

Thanks for your ID BrianEdmond!

Springfield, Missouri, USA

Lat: 37.17, Long: -93.34

Spotted on Jul 3, 2012
Submitted on Jul 6, 2012

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