groundsel tree

noun
a composite shrub, Baccharis halimifolia, having dull, gray-green leaves and fruit with tufts of long, white hair, growing in salt marshes of eastern North America.
Also called consumption weed.


Origin:
1735–45

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groundsel tree

noun
a shrub of salt marshes of eastern and south central North America and West Indies; fruit is surrounded with white plumelike hairy tufts 
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Here it commonly occurs with groundsel tree to form the salt bush community.
Shrubs include wax myrtle, red bay and groundsel tree.
Yaupon, wax myrtle, groundsel tree and greenbrier populate the area.
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