groundsel-tree

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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