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Flora of Scotts Creek Watershed

Closeup Full Marsh Individual

Cotula coronopifolia - Brassbuttons

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Family Name: Asteraceae

Common Names: Brassbuttons, Common Brassbuttons

Origin: Not Native to California

Locations found in Swanton Area: Marsh

Notes and Rarity Levels (if applicable, see "About This Project" for explainations of rankings): Native to South Africa

Habitat: Salt and freshwater marshes, moist places in sand dunes, moist banks, and mud, along coastal California. Below 300 m.

Life Form and Duration: Perennial Herb, less than 50 cm

Comments on overall growth: Low growing with rising tips, branched and fleshy sprawling stem. Strong odored. Roots from nodes.

Foliage Description: Leaves entire or pinnately divided, linear, 2-7 cm long, fleshy, base fused in a sheath around stem.

Infloresence Description: Disciform flat flower heads. Bright yellow, button like, lacking ray flowers, 6-15 mm in diameter, aromatic, disc flowers 4-toothed.

Flowering Season: March-December

Fruit Type: Achene