OLD PLAINSMAN
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Hymenopappus scabiosaeus  L'Her.  var. corymbosus  (T. & G. ) B.L. Turner
Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, Chase County, Kansas
Biennial
Height: 1-3 feet
Family: Asteraceae - Sunflower Family
Flowering Period:   April, May, June
Also Called: White-bract hymenopappus.
Stems: Stiffly erect, solitary or occasionally clustered, branched above, angled, ribbed, nearly glabrous below, usually woolly above.
Leaves: Occur in basal rosettes and alternate on stems, stalked, 2-6 inches long and 1/2 to 3 inches wide, pinnately divided 1-2 times; segments linear, green and glabrous above, white-woolly beneath; tips pointed; upper leaves reduced, less divided, nearly sessile.
Inflorescences: Cymes, panicle-like, flat-topped to rounded, terminal; heads 40-100, hemispheric, about 1/2 inch wide; bracts 6-14, petal-like, tips yellowish white to greenish white.
Flowers: Ray florets absent; disk florets 20-60, corollas white to cream.
Fruits: Achenes, small, 4-angled, short-hairy, tipped with 14-18 minute, blunt scales, enclosing small seed.
Habitat: Dry, open prairies, rocky hillsides, and roadsides, frequently in close proximity to limestone outcrops.
Distribution: East 2/3 of Kansas.
Comments: Old plainsman is hardy and drought resistant.
 See also yellow plainsman Hymenopappus flavescens .

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