ENGELMANN'S DAISY
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Engelmannia peristenia   (Raf. ) Goodman & C.A. Lawson
[=Engelmannia pinnatifida A. Gray ex  Nutt.]
Scott County, Kansas
Perennial
Height: 8-20 inches
Family: Asteraceae - Sunflower Family
Flowering Period:   May, June, July, August
Also Called: Cut-leaf daisy.
Stems: Erect or spreading, single or clustered, densely stiff-hairy.
Leaves: Alternate, stalked below to sessile above, deeply pinnately divided, 3 to 12 inches long, 1/2 to 3 inches wide, stiffly-hairy; lobes round-toothed; upper leaves less divided.
Inflorescences: Clusters of heads, terminal, on stiff stalks 1 to 5 inches long; heads 1 to 1.5 inch wide; bracts in several series, linear to lanceolate, greenish.
Flowers: Ray florets 8-10, about 1/2 inch long, yellow; disk florets numerous, corollas yellow.
Fruits: Achenes, egg-shaped, flattened, tipped with several short scales, enclosing small seed.
Habitat: Dry, open, sandy or limestone sites.
Distribution: West 1/2 of Kansas.
Comments: The tips of the ray florets curl under the heads during hot weather. Engelmann's daisy is consumed by livestock and disappears from grazed areas. Named for Dr. George Engelmann, 1809-1884, a German-born physician and botanist who worked in St. Louis.

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