Plant ID forum: Anyone recognize this one?

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Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
Region: United States of America Morning Glories Region: Florida Houseplants Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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plantladylin
Sep 8, 2016 7:45 AM CST
When I saw the flowers, my first thought was Lilac Tasselflower (Emilia sonchifolia) because we have a lot of it growing around our yard but upon closer look at the leaves, I realized it's not Emilia. It looks so familiar and I'm sure an easy one for identification but I'm drawing a blank. It's breezy outside so these aren't the best shots but I hope someone can refresh my memory with a name.

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Name: Dave Paul
Puna, HI (Zone 10b)
Live in a rainforest, get wet feet.
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Metrosideros
Sep 8, 2016 11:34 PM CST
Looks like Cyathillium cinereum syn. Vernonia cinerea, Little Ironweed.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyanthillium_cinereum
Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
Region: United States of America Morning Glories Region: Florida Houseplants Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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plantladylin
Sep 9, 2016 5:11 PM CST
That's it, thanks so much @Metosideros Dave! Thumbs up
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Name: Dave Paul
Puna, HI (Zone 10b)
Live in a rainforest, get wet feet.
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Metrosideros
Sep 9, 2016 5:34 PM CST
E komo mai! You're very welcome Lin!

The plant is a common weed in low elevation dry areas of Hawai'i, and apparently Florida too.

http://hear.org/pier/species/cyanthillium_cinereum.htm

Name: Lin
Florida (Zone 9b)
Region: United States of America Morning Glories Region: Florida Houseplants Charter ATP Member I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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plantladylin
Sep 9, 2016 5:48 PM CST
We just moved farther south in the state a couple of months ago and I was very familiar with Emilia which I had growing in the yard in Daytona Beach and we also have quite a bit of that around our property here in Sebastain. I knew this weed wasn't Emilia because of the leaves and I did look at Ironweed photos but didn't find any with leaves that matched so I was stumped. I really appreciate your help with the ID! Little Ironweed is one that has apparently naturalized in the southern part of Florida.
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Name: Dave Paul
Puna, HI (Zone 10b)
Live in a rainforest, get wet feet.
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Metrosideros
Sep 9, 2016 5:58 PM CST
Yes, it seems to be the only place in the continental US it has naturalized. It is alien but does not appear to be invasive so far. I think it may have been spread so quickly into warm areas of the world because of it's medicinal uses. It even has a possible future in modern medicine.


http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3137564/

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