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groundsel tree

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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.
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Also called consumption weed.

Origin of groundsel tree

First recorded in 1735–45
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