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Yellow ironweed
Verbesina alternifolia
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Genus: Verbesina
Type species
Verbesina alata
  • Saubinetia Remy
  • Anomantia Raf. ex DC.
  • Actimeris Raf.
  • Hingstonia Raf.
  • Achaenopodium Brand.
  • Platypteris Kunth
  • Ximenesia Cav.
  • Tepion Adans.
  • Ridan Adans.
  • Wootonella Standl.
  • Eupatoriophalacron Mill.
  • Ochronelis Raf.
  • Chaenocephalus Griseb.
  • Saubinetia J.Rémy
  • Abesina Neck.
  • Ditrichum Cass.
  • Ancistrophora A.Gray
  • Actinomeris Nutt.
  • Pterophyton Cass.
  • Achaenipodium Brandegee
  • Hamulium Cass.
  • Phaethusa Gaertn.

Verbesina, or crownbeard, is a genus of flowering plants, in the daisy family (Asteraceae).[4][2] It is a large genus of over 300 species.[3]

All the species bear yellow flowers similar to small sunflowers. The name Verbesina very likely refers to the similarity of the foliage to that of the (unrelated) Verbena.[5]

Verbesina species are used as food plants by the larvae of some Lepidoptera species. These include Schinia bina, which has been recorded from V. encelioides, and Schinia siren which feeds exclusively on that species.

Selected species[edit]