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Berlandiera subacaulis (Nutt.) Nutt.
Florida Greeneyes, Common Greeneyes
Asteraceae (Aster Family)
USDA Symbol: BESU
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
Common Greeneyes is a member of the aster family (family Asteraceae), which includes herbs, sometimes shrubs or vines, rarely trees, with simple or compound, alternate or opposite leaves. Flowers small, but organized into larger heads resembling a single, radially symmetrical flower cupped by a ring of green bracts. Flower-like heads: tiny, radially symmetrical central flowers form the disc; larger flowers around the edge, the rays, strap-shaped and resembling petals; however, all flowers in one head may be disc flowers or rays.
Named for French-Swiss physician Jean Louis Berlandier (1805-1851) who collected plants in Texas and northern Mexico.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Size Notes: 18-24"
Fruit: Fruit is a cypsela (pl. cypselae). Though technically incorrect, the fruit is often referred to as an achene.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Red , Yellow
Bloom Time: Jan , Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov , Dec
Native Distribution: Endemic to Florida.
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Drought Tolerance: High
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
PropagationPropagation Material: Seeds
Description: Freely self sows.
Seed Collection: Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds.
Research LiteratureReslit 1779 - Berlandin and subacaulin, two new guaianolides from Berlandiera subacaulis (1972) W. Herz, S. V. Bhat and Srinivas.A
This information was provided by the Florida WIldflower Foundation.
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Berlandiera subacaulis in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Berlandiera subacaulis in the Flora of North America (if available)
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MetadataRecord Modified: 2019-04-14
Research By: TWC Staff