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Illustration of arrowwood viburnum leaves, flowers, fruit.

Arrowwood Viburnum (Southern Arrow Wood)

Arrowwood viburnum, or southern arrow wood, Viburnum dentatum.

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Photo of an artist conk, a woody, semicircular, brownish bracket fungus

Artist Conk

The artist conk is a woody, semicircular, brownish bracket with a white underside that bruises dark gray to black. It grows on dead wood or in wounds of living deciduous trees.

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Photo of artist conk, woody bracket fungus on tree shown from side

Artist Conk

Artist conks grow singly or in groups of up to several on dead wood or in wounds of living deciduous trees. This species takes nourishment from rotting wood or as a parasite on living wood.

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Photo of artist conk, a woody, tan bracket fungus, shown from top

Artist Conk

Artist conks can be seen year-round. The cap is shelflike, semicircular, and brown to grayish black. The texture is woody and they can be warty or zoned. They are very hard and are not shiny.

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Photo of two ash tree boletes, tan pored mushrooms, one overturned showing pores

Ash Tree Bolete

The ash tree bolete is a pored mushroom with a brownish, wavy cap, an off-center stalk, and clearly defined pores. It grows scattered on the ground near ash trees.

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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 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 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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