Eclipta prostrata (L.) L.
Family: Asteraceae
false daisy, yerba-de-tajo
[Eclipta alba (L.) Hassk.,  more...]
Eclipta prostrata image
Kitty Kohout  
Etymology: Eclipta: from Greek ekleipo meaning "deficient," and referring to the absence of a pappus
Plants: weakly erect to spreading, annual/perennial, hairy forb with many branches; often rooting at the stem nodes
Leaves: lance-like to linear with a pointed tip, opposite, not divided
Flowers: head 1/4" wide with whitish, minute disk flowers; inflorescence of 1-3 heads at the top of the stem or from the leaf axils; blooms Aug.-Oct.
Fruits: thick, dry seed with no fluffy pappus
Habitat: moist; bottomlands; in muddy soil
Conservation Status: Special Concern