Flaveria linearis Lag.
Common Name: Yellow Top
Habit: Flaveria linearis a woody perennial shrub to 2 meters in height. The sessile leaves are linear, arranged oppositely, to 15 cm in length, 1 cm in width, with an acute leaf apex, and an entire leaf margin.
The flowers are arranged in corymbs of heads subtended an involucre made of 5-8 series of phyllaries. The imperfect flowers have 3 yellow fused petals and no stamens. The perfect flowers have a corolla with 5 fused, yellow petals. There are 5 stamens fused at their base. In both types of flowers the ovary is inferior with a single locule but only the imperfect flowers have functional ovules. The fruit is an achene at maturity that retains the modified calyx (pappus) that is fused forming a shallow cup.
Habitat: Flaveria linearis grows in Pine Woodlands and edges of wetlands.
Distribution in Bahamas/Globally: Flaveria linearis occurs in the northern Bahamas, Florida, the wider Caribbean region, and Mexico
Medicinal/Cultural/Economic usage: Flaveria linearis is not used medicinally in the Bahamas.
Flaveria linearis is used in the horticultural industry due to its attractive yellow flowers.