vanillaleaf

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Carphephorus odoratissimus; vanillaleaf, deertongue

Asteraceae (Asterales)

Cedar Key Scrub State Preserve, Cedar Key, FL (Sept. 2015); Morningside Nature Center, Gainesville, FL (Oct. 2015)

This scrub plant, in the sunflower family, has many-headed purple disc florets. Additionally, the crushed leaves have a lovely odor of vanilla. The second common name I suspect comes from the ovaloid shape of the leaves, which resemble a tongue.

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