Cupid's-Shaving-Brush (Tassel-flower)

Scientific Name - Emilia fosbergii Nicols.
[Emilia coccinea of authors
Emilia sonchifolia of Britt. & Millsp.]
Family - Compositae

Annual with branched erect stems. Stems smooth near the top, hairy at the base. All leaves with toothed margins. Leaves at base with broad tip and winged petiole. Leaves at top with no petiole and clasp the stem. Flowers crimson or bright scarlet, in heads on long stalks. Reproduces by seed. Found in open weedy areas, lawns, and other moist disturbed areas. Occurs in Florida. Also found in the West Indies, Mexico, Central America south into Brazil, western Pacific Islands, Java, and Tropical Africa.