Common Name of Species: Thin
Entry Author: C. Friedl,
Description: Thin-leaved sunflowers can be identified by the way their broad leaves narrow abruptly into long, winged stalks, or petioles.
Leaves: Leaves are thin, nearly smooth, green on the underside and sharply toothed. Upper leaves can sometimes be alternating. Lower leaves, have ¼ inch stalks that narrow quickly from broad leaf. Lower leaf stalks are also winged.
Flowers: Flowers are 2-3 inches wide, and yellow. Despite the scientific name (Helianthus decapetalus), there are not always exactly ten rays that surround the greenish/yellow disk.
Stem: Stems are generally smooth and straight.
Branching Pattern: Leaves are most commonly opposite, but can be alternate towards the top.
Height: 2-5 feet in height.
Conditions/Habitat: Grow in open woods, dry thickets, and forest margins.
Range: Throughout eastern North America.
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USDA, NRCS (2004). Plants Database, Version 3.05 (http://plants.usda.gov). National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874 USA.
This page was created by: C. Friedl,
Last updated 11/10/05