Common name(s): Telegraph Weed
Family: Asteraceae - Sunflower family
Species: Heterotheca grandiflora
Commonly found: Stabilized dunes
Description: Telegraph Weed is a tall, bristly, hairy plant exceeding a meter in height and densely foliated in hairy to spiny toothed or lobed leaves that are pungently scented. Leaves are smaller and widely spaced toward the top of the stem, which is occupied by a flower cluster of bright yellow daisylike flower heads. Although native, it grows along roadsides and other disturbed places and is considered a pioneer species.
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