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Related to compass plant: rosinweed
A perennial herb (Silphium laciniatum) in the composite family, native to prairie regions of North America and having radiate yellow flower heads and erect, basal, pinnately divided leaves.
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1. (Plants) Also called: rosinweed a tall plant, Silphium laciniatum, of central North America, that has yellow flowers and lower leaves that tend to align themselves at right angles to the strongest light, esp in a north-south plane: family Asteraceae (composites)
2. (Plants) any of several similar plants
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an American prairie composite plant, Silphiumlaciniatum, with yellow flower heads and large, hairy leaves that tend to lie in a north-south plane.
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|Noun||1.||compass plant - North American annual with red or rose-colored flowers|
|2.||compass plant - any of several plants having leaves so arranged on the axis as to indicate the cardinal points of the compass|
aster family, Asteraceae, Compositae, family Asteraceae, family Compositae - plants with heads composed of many florets: aster; daisy; dandelion; goldenrod; marigold; lettuces; ragweed; sunflower; thistle; zinnia
composite plant, composite - considered the most highly evolved dicotyledonous plants, characterized by florets arranged in dense heads that resemble single flowers
horse thistle, Lactuca scariola, Lactuca serriola, prickly lettuce - European annual wild lettuce having prickly stems; a troublesome weed in parts of United States
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