Sunday, August 15, 2010

Elephant's Foot, Elephantopus carolinianus

ELEPHANT’S FOOT - Elephantopus carolinianus

Photo taken August 14, 2010 in Adams County, Ohio.


  1. A beautiful photo of a plant I'm not likely to find where I live in northern NY. Quite a find! We have no flower that looks remotely like this, and it's not even included in Newcomb's. What an interesting structure!

  2. I've got to admit, while I have seen this species when botanizing in southern Indiana and Missouri, I've never looked that closely at the flowers. Those are the most ridiculous Asteraceae flower heads I've ever seen. So those are four disc flowers with corolla lobes connate only at the very base? Crazy stuff. It could almost be in its own family.

  3. Steve- This is definitely a new one for me, I've never seen it. The corolla reminds me of the nose of a star nosed mole.