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Location: Searcy County, Arkansas
Month of Photograph: July and August
Distribution Map: Silphium perfoliatum - Distribution Map Spacer
USDA, NRCS. 2012. The PLANTS Database (, 16 January 2012). National Plant Data Team, Greensboro, NC 27401-4901 USA. Spacer Guests can be assured that there is established evidence that this plant has been found in all of the green filled counties of Arkansas. However, the white filled counties should not be interpreted as counties in which this plant does not grow. They should instead be interpreted as counties which lack officially sanction evidence of the plants presence there.

Family: Asteraceae

Disc Flowers, close

Silphium perfoliatum - Flower Close "
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Silphium perfoliatum - Disc of this Asteraceae Flower Disc (See last image for names of parts)


Silphium perfoliatum - Flower Lateral View Flower, lateral View
Silphium perfoliatum - Leaves (Cup)Leaf Cup
Two opposite leaves of this plant near the top of the stem fuse together with the stem appearing to pass right through the leaves. Because the stem appears to perforate the leaves, botanists refer to such leaves as "perfoliate" and because this particular plant displays such a remarkable example of this trait the second word (specific epithet) of this plant's scientific name is "perfoliatum".
Silphium perfoliatum - Leaves Perfoliate Leaves, perfoliate
Silphium perfoliatum - Ventral View Flower, ventral view (involucrel bracts)
Silphium perfoliatum - Leaf Adaxial Leaf, adaxial
Silphium perfoliatum - Leaf Margin Leaf Margin
Silphium perfoliatum - Whole Plant Whole Plant
Silphium perfoliatum - Stem Leaf Margin
Silphium perfoliatum - Whole Plant Text
The cup plant is very tall often growing to as much as nine feet.
Silphium perfoliatum Flower Parts Names