Bidens frondosa [Asteraceae]

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Scientific Name Bidens frondosa USDA PLANTS Symbol BIFR
Common Name Devil's Beggartick ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 35707
Family Asteraceae (Sunflower) SEINet
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Description Habitat: Moist areas in woods, meadows, thickets, fields, roadsides, railroads, streamsides, ponds, sloughs.
Plant: Erect, branched annual 20 to 48 inches tall, smooth stems.
Leaves: Opposite on petioles 3/8 to 1-3/4 inches long; blades pinnately-compound with 3 to 5 leaflets, each 3/4 to 3-1/8 inches long, lanceolate with serrate margins; the terminal leaflet on a slender stalk (petiolule).
Inflorescence: Usually solitary, composite flower heads about 3/8 to 1/2-inch across on peduncles 1-3/4 to 4 inches long; 5 to 8 linear outer phyllaries or bracts, 3/8 to 2 inches long with ciliate margins; 6 to 12 ovate inner bractlets less than 1/4-inch long in a ring wrapped around the flower heads; ray flowers usually lacking but 1 to 3+ golden rays may be present, ~1/8-inch or less long; 20 to 60 disk florets with orange corollas.
Blooming Period: August to October.
References: "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston and SEINet.
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