Asteraceae / Composite
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Medical Uses: Medical Uses: These plants have been used historically for coughs, colds, pulmonary inflammations, dysentery, bruises, as a post childbirth tonic for mothers, "against the negro poison"(Erichsen- Brown)and of course to treat snakebite. There is no scientific evidence that it is effective for treating any of these conditions.
Species of Antennaria:
Leaves rounded reaching 7.5cm long (3") and 4cm (1.5") wide with 3 to 5 main veins.
Plantain Leaved Pussytoes (A. Plantaginifolia) has several flower heads and noticeable stem leaves. The basal leaves are oval, about half as wide as long, dull green and hairy on top and bottom.
Smooth Pussytoes (A. parlinii) Also has several flower heads and has leaves shaped as above but bright green and almost entirely smooth.
Solitary Pussytoes (A. solitaria) has a single flower head and very small stem leaves.
Leaves slender, 5cm (2") long and 1cm (.5") wide with one central vein.
Field Pussytoes (A. neglecta ) has dull fuzzy leaves and shoots from the base that tend to be prostrate there entire length.
Small Pussytoes (A. neodioeca) is much like A. neglecta except the shoots tend to turn up at the ends and the leaf tips are more prominate.
There are at least half a dozen other speices.
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This is perhaps the best of many field guides covering this region. Featuring 446 excellent color photographs (located with the text) and mentioning as similar to those illustrated are another 800 or so species for a total coverage of over 1,200 species. The start of each family section includes line drawings of some of the species showing important features. The text includes the usual description, bloom season, range, habitat and additionally includes information such as medical uses and lore and how the species was named. This is the official field guide of the Tennessee Native Plant Society.
Angiosperms / Flowering Plants
Dicots / Two Seed Leaves