Pluchea baccharis

rosy camphor-weed, rosy camphorweed
Family

Asteraceae

Leaf Arrangement

alternate

Leaf Attachment

clasping

Leaf Type

simple

Leaf Shape

oblong, elliptic, lanceolate, oblanceolate, ovate

Growth Form

forb

Flower Color

pink, purple, red

Flower Month

May - November

Height (meters)

0.0 - 1.2

Milky Sap

No

Armed/Unarmed

Unarmed

Origin

native

Lifespan

annual, perennial

Growing Season

Warm season


Wetland Class

FACW

Prairie Coefficient of Conservatism

4

Field Characters

Members of the genus Pluchea have a strong odor when crushed. Pluchea baccharis and P. foetida both have clasping leaf bases but P. baccharis has pink flowers, while P. foetida has creamy white flowers. Pluchea camphorata has pink flowers, but its leaves are not clasping and have petioles and the flowers are dispersed along the stem not having a flat topped appearance like P. baccharis. Its outer phyllaries are acuminate.

Natural History

Found infrequently throughout most of Louisiana and southeastern Texas. Grows along the coast from North Carolina to Texas.

Habitat

Savannahs, ditches, and low woods.