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Verbesina alternifolia

Verbesina alternifolia, Photo: Michael Lahanas

Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Cladus: Asterids
Cladus: Campanulids
Ordo: Asterales

Familia: Asteraceae
Subfamilia: Asteroideae
Tribus: Heliantheae
Subtribus: Verbesininae
Genus: Verbesina
Species: Verbesina alternifolia

Verbesina alternifolia (L.) Britton ex Kearney, Bull. Torrey Bot. Club 20(12): 485. 1893

Actinomeris alternifolia (L.) DC.
Actinomeris oppositifolia Fresen.
Actinomeris procera (Cass.) Steud.
Actinomeris squarrosa Nutt.
Coreopsis acuta Pursh
Coreopsis alternifolia L.
Coreopsis procera Dryand. in Aiton
Peramibus acutus (Pursh) Raf.
Pterophyton alternifolium (L.) Cass.
Pterophyton procerum Cass.
Ridan alternifolium (L.) Britton
Ridania alternifolia (L.) Kuntze
Verbesina coreopsis Michx.

Native distribution areas:

Continental: Northern America
Canada (Ontario), USA (Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, West Virginia, Wisconsin)

References: Brummitt, R.K. 2001. TDWG – World Geographical Scheme for Recording Plant Distributions, 2nd Edition

Britton, N.L. 1893. Bulletin of the Torrey Botanical Club. New York 20: 485.


International Plant Names Index. 2018. Verbesina alternifolia. Published online. Accessed: Feb. 12 2018.
The Plant List 2013. Verbesina alternifolia in The Plant List Version 1.1. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2018 Feb. 12. 2018. Verbesina alternifolia. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2018 Feb. 12.
Hassler, M. 2018. Verbesina alternifolia. World Plants: Synonymic Checklists of the Vascular Plants of the World In: Roskovh, Y., Abucay, L., Orrell, T., Nicolson, D., Bailly, N., Kirk, P., Bourgoin, T., DeWalt, R.E., Decock, W., De Wever, A., Nieukerken, E. van, Zarucchi, J. & Penev, L., eds. 2018. Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2018 Feb. 12. Reference page.
USDA, ARS, Germplasm Resources Information Network. Verbesina alternifolia in the Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN), U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service. Accessed: 07-Oct-06.

Vernacular names
English: Wingstem

Verbesina alternifolia is a species of flowering plant in the aster family. It is commonly known as wingstem[1] or yellow ironweed.[2] It is native to North America.[1]

It is a larval host to the gold moth (Basilodes pepita) and the silvery checkerspot (Chlosyne nycteis).[3]

Close-up of Verbesina alternifolia stem showing wings

Mature flower heads

Detail of immature seed head


"Verbesina alternifolia". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 2018-04-07.
"Verbesina alternifolia - Plant Finder". Missouri Botanical Garden. Retrieved 18 January 2019.
The Xerces Society (2016), Gardening for Butterflies: How You Can Attract and Protect Beautiful, Beneficial Insects, Timber Press.

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