Actinomeris alternifolia

This is a common wildflower in Illinois and is easily identified by its winged stem.


Synonym:Verbesina alternifolia
Family:Asteraceae
Common Name:Yellow Wingstem
Authority: Linneaus
Etymology:Actinomeris meaning unknown, alternifolia = alternate leaved
C Value:4
Wetness:FACW
# of Species in  
Genus in Illinois:
2
Duration:Perennial
Reproduction:Monoecious
Flower Type:Perfect
Growth Habit:Forb
Leaf Arrangement:Alternate
Leaf Type:Simple
Leaf Margin:Toothed
Leaf Toothing:
Flower Color:Yellow
Habitat:forests
Status (State):Not Listed
Status (Federal):Not Listed
ID Tips:The winged stem is a big clue for identifying this species. This species can sometimes have opposite leaves.
Gee Whiz:The specific epithet means "alternate leaves" yet this species can sometimes have opposite leaves.