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jdkiggins
09-07-2005, 02:20 AM
I've looked through every book I have and I cannot find the name of this wildflower I found in our field.

Can anyone help?
http://home.comcast.net/~joannedkiggins/images/yellowwildfl22.jpg

tiny
09-07-2005, 03:26 AM
I am so not an expert on plants, but I've had an interest in them all my life. It may help the experts out there to see the leafing structure of the plant.

It looks to me to be some sort of daisy (a cone flower relative). Though the thin leaves on the stem remind me of cosmos. I'm sure you thought of those already. Sorry I wasn't more help.

-chris

veinglory
09-07-2005, 03:43 AM
I'd like to know too

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v229/veinglory/flower1.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v229/veinglory/flower2.jpg

Saanen
09-07-2005, 04:33 AM
It looks a lot like green-headed coneflower, Rudbeckia laciniata. It blooms this time of year and resembles both regular coneflowers and black-eyed susans. My book, All About Tennessee Wildflowers, says it grows 4-8' tall, has a smooth stem that may be blueish-green, the leaves feel like sandpaper, and it blooms between July and September. Apparently goldfinches like to eat the seeds.

jdkiggins
09-07-2005, 05:20 AM
veniglory,

Your flower pic looks similar, but seems to have less petals. There are about 12 petals per flower, maybe more. The leaves on mine have smoother edges, just a hint of points on the sides of the leaves, and the upper part of the leaves are a rough/fuzzy feeling. Are your's like that too?

jdkiggins
09-07-2005, 05:23 AM
Saanen,

Thanks. I'll take a look in my wildflower book under those names and see if I can find it.

I have hybrid coneflowers and yes, they do look similar, but much, much smaller.
You're right, they look more like the black-eyed Susan (I have those too), these have greenish yellow ball-type centers, rather than the fuzzy black. LOL

Thanks for the help, I'll check those out now and let you know.

Aconite
09-07-2005, 04:37 PM
I am so not an expert on plants, but I've had an interest in them all my life. It may help the experts out there to see the leafing structure of the plant.
tiny terror's right: It's important to see not only what the leaves look like, but how they're arranged on the stem. It also helps to know how tall the plant is, how long/wide the leaves/flowers are, when you saw it blooming, and in what environment (a boggy area in full sun in California, a shady woodland in Ontario, etc.).

jdkiggins
09-08-2005, 05:36 AM
Thanks, Aconite. I'll take my digital camera with me tomorrow when I take my walk and get a better picture. Close ups of the leaves and stalk as well. I'll also estimate the height of the plant and measure the leaves.