Wild Florida Photo - Helianthus debilis - West Coast Dune Sunflower

Helianthus debilis var. vestitus 

West Coast Dune Sunflower

Florida native

Endemic to Florida

Manatee Co. FL 02/16/15
Manatee Co. FL 02/16/15
Manatee Co. FL 02/15/15
Manatee Co. FL 02/15/15
Manatee Co. FL 05/16/08
Manatee Co. FL 05/16/08

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An occasional wildflower of coastal dunes from Pinellas & Hillsborough Counties south into Lee County.
Helianthus debilis vestitus is one of three subspecies of dune sunflowers in Florida. Stems are decumbent, hairy, variously described as hirsute or villous, with ascending to erect flowering branches. The leaves are widest near the base, not constricted in the middle and gradually tapering towards the tip, coarsely and irregularly toothed with the underside densely gland-dotted. Peduncles are 9-15cm (3-1/2 - 6 in.) long. Flowers have yellow rays 12-16mm (<1/2 - 5/8 in.) long and dark disks 11-12mm (~7/16 in.) in diameter. West coast dune sunflower may flower all year.

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Helianthus debilis is a member of the Asteraceae - Aster family.

Other species of the Helianthus genus in the Wild Florida Photo database:
  Helianthus agrestis - SOUTHEASTERN SUNFLOWER
  Helianthus angustifolius - NARROWLEAF SUNFLOWER
  Helianthus debilis var. debilis - EAST COAST DUNE SUNFLOWER
  Helianthus radula - RAYLESS SUNFLOWER

Date record last modified: Oct 31, 2020

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