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Photo of lotus in pool at Duck Creek CA

American Lotus

Nelumbo lutea
American lotus is an aquatic plant with circular leaves that are held above water. The large yellow flowers have an interesting showerhead-like disk at the center.

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Photo of American lotus, young floating circular leaf

American Lotus (Floating Leaf)

American lotus is an aquatic plant that can cover large areas. The leaves are blue green, circular, without a V-shaped notch, extremely variable in size, to 2 feet wide, and can shed water. The stem is attached in the center. They are normally held above the water level on long stems, though young leaves float.

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Photo of American water willow showing plant with flowers

American Water Willow

American water willow is common on gravel bars and other stream banks throughout much of Missouri. The dense colonies of emergent stems have leaves like a willow’s, but the two-lipped flowers resemble little orchids.

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American Water Willow

Justicia americana
American water willow is common on gravel bars and other stream banks throughout much of Missouri. The dense colonies of emergent stems have leaves like a willow’s, but the two-lipped flowers resemble little orchids.

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Photo of American water willow closeup on flowers

American Water Willow (Flowers)

The flowers of water willow are nothing like the catkins of true willows. They are clustered into headlike groups and are about ¾ inch long with a notched upper lip and a 3-lobed lower lip. The upper lip is light purple, rarely white; the lower lip white or pale purple with purple markings. It blooms May through October.

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Photo of an ashy sunflower flowerhead, plus several stems, leaves, and buds.

Ashy Sunflower

Sunflowers provide nectar and pollen to a great variety of insects, plus a hunting ground for spiders, assassin bugs, and other predators of the many insects attracted to the nectar and pollen. When the flowers are spent, birds and mammals, including finches and rodents, relish the sunflower seeds.

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Photo of ashy sunflowers showing flowers, leaves, and stems.

Ashy Sunflower

Often growing in colonies, ashy sunflower is relatively short compared to others in its genus. Its grayish, hairy, sessile, broadly oval leaves, and its appearance in upland prairies in the southern half of the state, help to identify it.

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Photo of an ashy sunflower flowerhead.

Ashy Sunflower

The few flowerheads of ashy sunflower have 17–30 ray florets, which are often a lemony yellow. The flowerheads are about 3½ inches wide.

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Photo of ashy sunflowers showing flowers, leaves, and stems.

Ashy Sunflower (Hairy Sunflower)

Helianthus mollis
Ashy sunflower is relatively short compared to others in its genus. Its leaves are grayish, hairy, sessile, and broadly oval. Its colonies are common in upland prairies in the southern half of the state.

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Photo of the base of an ashy sunflower flowerhead, showing involucral bracts.

Ashy Sunflower (Involucre)

The overlapping bracts (called involucral bracts) beneath the flowerhead of ashy sunflower are many, narrow, and covered with hairs.

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