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Pluchea rosea

Pluchea rosea Godfrey

 

Rosy Camphorweed, Marsh Fleabane, Saltmarsh Fleabane, Scrubby Camphorweed

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassAsteridaeA large class that encompasses asters
OrderAsteralesFlowering plants with a central disk flower and surrounding petals, like daisies
FamilyAsteraceaeThe aster family, which also includes daisies and sunflowers; from the Greek ἀστήρ, “star,” for the star-shaped flowers
GenusPlucheaFor Noël-Antoine Pluche (1688-1761), a French naturalist
SpeciesroseaRosy-colored

About plant names...

Rosy camphorweed is native to the southeastern United States, as well as Texas, Mexico, the West Indies, and part of Central America. It was introduced into Hawaii, where it is considered a noxious weed. They appear in wet savannas, flatwoods, pond edges, borrow pits, and ditches. There are about 163 oils in this species, some of which contribute to its camphorlike odor.

Plants: This multiply branched perennial reaches 16-24" (40-60 cm) in size. Fine hairs impart a silvery-gray sheen to the leaves.

Leaves: Alternate, attached directly to stems (sessile), oblong to obovate to elliptic, with shallowly toothed margins. They are up ¾-2½" (2-7 cm) × ⅛-1" (5-30 mm).

Flowers: Flowers are arranged in rounded corymbs with clusters of small bright rose pink to purplish flowers. They appear in Jun-Jul.

Fruits: The fruit is a tiny achene tipped with a bristly pappus.

Medical: An herbal tea prepared from this species is popular in some parts of the Caribbean. It is said to have stimulant, diuretic, and antispasmodic properties; as well as serving as a menstrual stimulant. It is not listed in the PDR for Herbal Medicines.

Online References:

Pluchea rosea on www.levypreserve.org

Pluchea rosea on Wikipedia

Pluchea rosea on www.tandfonline.com

Pluchea rosea on eFloras

Pluchea rosea (Rosy Camphorweed, Marsh Fleabane, Saltmarsh Fleabane, Scrubby Camphorweed)

4/12/2015 · Shark Valley, Everglades National Park, FL
≈ 9 × 6" (22 × 14 cm)

Pluchea rosea (Rosy Camphorweed, Marsh Fleabane, Saltmarsh Fleabane, Scrubby Camphorweed)

4/12/2015 · Rte. 41 (Tamiami), Everglades National Park, FL
≈ 6 × 5" (15 × 13 cm)

Pluchea rosea (Rosy Camphorweed, Marsh Fleabane, Saltmarsh Fleabane, Scrubby Camphorweed)

4/12/2015 · Shark Valley, Everglades National Park, FL
≈ 7 × 7" (17 × 18 cm)

Pluchea rosea description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 21 Jun 2017.

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Pluchea rosea (Rosy Camphorweed, Marsh Fleabane, Saltmarsh Fleabane, Scrubby Camphorweed)

4/12/2015 · Shark Valley, Everglades National Park, FL
≈ 6 × 5" (14 × 13 cm)

Pluchea rosea (Rosy Camphorweed, Marsh Fleabane, Saltmarsh Fleabane, Scrubby Camphorweed)

4/12/2015 · Shark Valley, Everglades National Park, FL
≈ 7 × 7" (16 × 17 cm)

Pluchea rosea (Rosy Camphorweed, Marsh Fleabane, Saltmarsh Fleabane, Scrubby Camphorweed)

4/12/2015 · Shark Valley, Everglades National Park, FL
≈ 6 × 7" (15 × 17 cm)

Pluchea rosea (Rosy Camphorweed, Marsh Fleabane, Saltmarsh Fleabane, Scrubby Camphorweed)

4/12/2015 · Rte. 41 (Tamiami), Everglades National Park, FL
≈ 8 × 5" (19 × 12 cm)

Range: Zones 6-10:

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