Etymology: Aureolaria: golden
Plants: erect,perennial, 1 1/2' - 5' tall forb, widely branched, densely hairy; partially parasitic
Leaves: lower oval in outline, more or less deeply cut, 2 times twice-divided, upper becoming smaller toward the top
Flowers: yellow, 5-parted, 1 1/2"-2" long; irregular, spreading lobes widely rounded and shorter than the tube; solitary from the leaf axils on a short, stout, curved stalk abruptly turning upward; blooms July-Sept.
Fruits: smooth, black, 1/2"-3/4" oval, pointed capsule,
Habitat: dry; upland woods
Conservation Status: Native
Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 8 Atlas of the Wisconsin Prairie and Savanna Flora: by T.S. Cochrane & H.H. Iltis: habitat, distribution infomation / flowering and fruiting times USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos Dan Tenaglia's The Missouri Flora: Fabulous photographs; detailed descriptions; color and leave arrangement key.