Monday, October 4, 2010

Today's wild find :)

Grindelia lanceolata Nutt. var. lanceolata   Family Asteraceae
narrow-leaved gum-weed, spiny-tooth gum-weed
Grindelia: named for David Hieronymous Grindel (1776-1836), a German pharmacologist, physician and professor of botany at Riga, Estonia
lanceolata: lance-shaped
Plant: perennial forb
Plant uses and other interesting facts: Curlycup gumweed is an invader species which is quite drought resistant. It often becomes abundant after a period of dryness. American Indians used gumweed extracts to treat asthma, bronchitis, colic, and skin rashes. It is sticky to the touch.

***info says it blooms into Sept, and here it is Oct. and there are plants covered with blooms!