Pityopsis falcata  (Chrysopsis f.) falcate golden aster Asteraceae CHFA2; Q, j, tl; K, fl (Z. Wang 2016), m;

   

Pityopsis falcata. By Jean Baxter. Copyright © 2016 New England Wild Flower Society.gobotany.newenglandwild.org

Pityopsis falcata. By Jean Baxter. Copyright © 2016 New England Wild Flower Society.gobotany.newenglandwild.org (Accessed 6/2016).

Pityopsis falcata is a clumped, perennial herb, 10-35 cm tall, stem wooly-white, branched above. 

Leaves alternate, linear, to 10 cm long, 0.5 cm wide. 

Flowers yellow; arising in dense heads from the expanded top of the flower stalk (receptacle); the flowers very small, tubular; of two forms; a central dense cluster of more or less radially symmetrical disk flowers, and a peripheral ring of bilaterally symmetrical flowers with one enlarged petal, ray flowers; the cluster surrounded at its base by a series of small bracts (involucre) 0.6-0.9 cm high, in several overlapping rows; heads 1-2.5 cm wide, blooming and fruiting July-Oct. 

Fruit dry, 1-seeded, with a double row of bristles, wind dispersed. Probably eaten by birds and small mammals. 

Wetland status: UPL. 

Frequency in NYC: Very infrequent. 

Origin: Native. 

Habitat: Undisturbed, dry sandy soil in open areas, back dunes.