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Tallgrass prairie. Prairie State Park - Mindenmines, Missouri
The only red/purple ironweed listed for the park here http://mostateparks.com/sites/default/fi... See also http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:C...
On further research, I think it is V. baldwini. Thanks StirredMocha.
Thanks Stirred. You are likely correct about the genus but I don't think it looks like V. baldwinii in the leaves. http://mdc.mo.gov/discover-nature/field-... Anyway, "There are 5 Vernonia species in Missouri, and they often hybridize, making identification tricky." :-)
Looks like an ironweed (Vernonia sp.) but the leaves look a bit too rough on the surface. Perhaps V. baldwinii?
Spotted on Aug 18, 2014 Submitted on Aug 26, 2014
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