Coneflower, Green-Headed (Rudbeckia laciniata)

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Wild Flowers of Sleepy Hollow Lake
Coneflower, Green-Headed (Rudbeckia laciniata)
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(Coneflower, Green-Headed - 01)  This small patch of green-headed coneflowers was growing a short distance off the side of the road, which is typical of this wildflower.  It can also be found in rich, moist fields and thickets.  Mature green-headed coneflowers can grow from three feet to twelve feet in height.



(Coneflower, Green-Headed - 01a)  Green-headed coneflowers bloom from July to September.  Their name comes from the yellow ray flowers that surround a green disk.  As the disc flowers mature, they turn brown, making identification harder.  When the ray flowers first open they extend outward, producing a three inch diameter flower; but as they mature they droop downward, making their diameter appear smaller.


(Coneflower, Green-Headed - 01b)  We have noticed that the ray flowers of the green-headed coneflower are relatively fragile and seem to fall off easily.  We could not find anything in the literature stating how many ray flowers the green-headed coneflower has, but from our own observation, nine seems to be common, but that number could vary.



(Coneflower, Green-Headed - 02)  The disk flowers on this green-headed coneflower have mostly turned brown.  The ray flowers have three "ribs" with a somewhat ragged tip.





(Coneflower, Green-Headed - 02a)  This photo gives us a closer look at the maturing disk flowers of the green-headed coneflower.  The pistil can be seen protruding above most of the mature disk flowers.






(Coneflower, Green-Headed - 03)  We took this photo of the green-headed coneflower in the early morning, when it was still covered with dew drops.






(Coneflower, Green-Headed - 03a)  This is a bee's-eye view of the mostly immature disk flowers of the green-headed coneflower.  The disk flowers mature from the ray flowers upward to the tip of the cone.




(Coneflower, Green-Headed - 04)  This fully mature green-headed coneflower has lost all its ray flowers.






(Coneflower, Green-Headed - 04a)  We did not find anything in the literature concerning the number of stamens each disk flower of the green-headed coneflower has, but from our observation, each disk flower appears to have three stamens and one pistil.




(Coneflower, Green-Headed - 05)  We have observed that some of the cones of the green-headed coneflower are concave at the tip.  From this photo we can also observe that as the disk flowers mature, the green buds elongate; then the brown center projects outward, followed by the pistil with its "winged" stigma.





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