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gallant-soldier, lesser quickweed, littleflower quickweed, small-flower galinsoga

Habit Plants 4–60 cm.

blades 7–110 × 3–70(–80) mm.


1–40 mm.


campanulate, 2.5–5 mm diam.

Ray florets


corollas usually dull white (pink), laminae 0.5–1.8 × 0.7–1.5 mm.

Disc florets





rays 1.5–2.5 mm;

discs 1.3–2.5 mm, glabrous or strigose;

pappi: rays 0 or of 5–10, laciniate scales 0.5–1 mm;

discs 0, or of 15–20 white or gray, linear, fimbriate, obtuse (acute) scales 0.5–2 mm.


outer persistent with distal phyllaries or falling, elliptic to obovate;

inner usually persistent, lanceolate to ovate or obovate, 2–3.5 mm, 3-lobed, lobes to 1/3+ total lengths, acute.

Galinsoga parviflora

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Varieties 2 (2 in the flora).

(Discussion copyrighted by Flora of North America; reprinted with permission.)

1. Leaf blades lanceolate to broadly ovate, margins serrulate to serrate; arrays of heads loose; axillary peduncles longer than subtending bractlets
G. parviflora var. parviflora
1. Leaf blades lanceolate, oblong, or ovate, margins usually entire or serrulate, sometimes serrate; arrays of heads congested; axillary peduncles shorter than subtending bractlets
G. parviflora var. semicalva
Source FNA vol. 21, p. 181.
Parent taxa Asteraceae > tribe Heliantheae > subtribe Galinsoginae > Galinsoga
Sibling taxa
G. quadriradiata
Subordinate taxa
G. parviflora var. parviflora, G. parviflora var. semicalva
Name authority Cavanilles: Icon. 3: 41, plate 281. (1795)
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