Fall Wildflowers of New England
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Two-Flowered Cynthia
Krigia biflora
F. Asteraceae
General Description:

Two-flowered Cynthia is a relatively small wildflower that measures approximately 30-60 cm. in height. The radially symmetrical flowerheads of the two-flowered Cynthia are bright yellow and dandelion-like. This wildflower has two different types of leaves: small, oval leaves positioned along the stem, and large long basal leaves. The smooth ste, when cut or bruised, exudes a milky sap.

Krigia biflora
Flowers:

As evidenced by its name, the flowers of the two-flowered Cynthia are positioned singularly atop the terminal shoot of a forked stem in bunches of two to six. These radially symmetrical, bright yellow blooms are dandelion-like having multiple, broad, densely-packed petal-like rays that radiate outward from the center.

Leaves:

The leaves of this wildflower come in two different types. Small, bright green, ovate leaves, are sparsely positioned along the length of the stem. They have no petiole but have a clasping base that is wrapped around the circumference of the stem. Large, elliptical, basal leaves measure approximately 5-17.5 cm. in length. These leaves have stems and radiate from the base of the stem.

Habitat:

Two-flowered Cynthia grows best in open woods and meadows.

Fun Facts:

The two-flowered Cynthia, like all members of the Aster family, is a composite flower. The flower head is actually made up of multiple modified flowers whose petals have fused to produce the broad rays of the apparent bloom.

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