Monday, January 14, 2013

Plant of the Week: Compass Plant

Compass plant
Silphium laciniatum L.
other common names: rosinweed, turpentine plant, polar plant
Silphium: an old Greek generic name relating to the resinous juice
Laciniatum: Latin for “slashed”
Daisy family: Asteraceae (Compositae)

Photograph by Thomas Rosburg, Wildflowers of the Tallgrass Prairie: The Upper Midwest, Second Edition

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