Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Southern Wetland Flora
Field Office Guide to Plant Species
Krigia virginica (L.) Willd.
- Family: Aster (Asteraceae)
- Flowering: May-August
- Field Marks: This dwarf-dandelion has basal leaves, thread-like stems, and 9 or more bracts
that subtend each head and are turned downward. It is the only annual species of Krigia that has
slender bristles at the tip of the achene.
- Habitat: Along streams, prairies, rocky woods, sandy pinelands, along roads, old fields.
- Habit: Annual herb with fibrous roots.
- Stems: Upright, usually smooth, very slender, bearing only a single flower head, up to 15 inches
tall; latex present.
- Leaves: All basal, lanceolate, deeply pinnately lobed or toothed, or without lobes and teeth,
usually smooth, pointed at the tip, tapering to the base, up to 6 inches long; latex present.
- Flowers: Several in a head, with one head terminating each stem; each head up to 1/3 inch
across, with numerous yellow rays, subtended by narrow, pointed bracts that eventually point
- Sepals: 0.
- Petals: All united to form rays, yellow, 5-toothed at the tip, up to 1/6 inch long.
- Stamens: 5.
- Pistils: Ovary inferior.
- Fruits: Achenes flat, dark red-brown, with tiny scales and 5 or more thread-like bristles at the
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