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Aquatic and Wetland Vascular Plants of the Northern Great Plains

49. Asteraceae, the Aster Family

12. Helianthus L. -- Sunflower

1. Helianthus grosseserratus Martens -- Sawtooth sunflower

Colonial perennial 1-3 m tall; stem strigose in the inflorescence, otherwise glabrous, often purplish or glaucous. Leaf blades lanceolate to oblong-lanceolate, 10-23 cm long, 2-5 cm wide, acuminate, coarsely serrate with widely spaced teeth, cuneate to abruptly tapered at the base, scabrous on both surfaces but often more densely strigose on the paler lower surface; petioles 1-4 cm long. Involucral bracts linear-lanceolate, acuminate, strigose, sometimes ciliolate; disk 1.5-2.5 cm across; rays 2.5-4 cm long. Achenes 3-4 mm long. Aug--Oct. Wet meadows, moist prairies and stream margins; w MN, se ND, e SD, e and c NE and possibly rare in w NE and the Black Hills; (NY to Sask. s to AR and TX).

See discussion under the following.

GIF- Distribution Map

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