All photographs copyright (2003-2013) by Kris H. Light

<strong>Rayless Sunflower</strong>
<em>Helianthus radula</em> / Aster Family
Milton, FL<br> 
I found this flower along the side of the road while I was walking with my husband in my parents' neighborhood in October. It is a very strange flower becau...
Rayless Sunflower
Helianthus radula / Aster Family
Milton, FL

I found this flower along the side of the road while I was walking with my husband in my parents' neighborhood in October. It is a very strange flower because it has no rayflowers (petals). Note the greenbriar tendril clasping the stem. Milton was once known as "Scratch Ankle" due to the large amount of scratchy briars that grew everywhere during the early days of the town! :)
***Update*** When we visited in Dec. 2005 we were heartbroken to see that the wooded area where this photo was taken is now being cleared and developed to build more houses. Development is rampant in many parts of Florida.


clr: 9-m

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