• WordNet 3.6
    • n vernonia any of various plants of the genus Vernonia of tropical and warm regions of especially North America that take their name from their loose heads of purple to rose flowers that quickly take on a rusty hue
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n vernonia A genus of composite plants, type of the tribe Vernoniaceæ and Subtribe Euvernonieæ. It is characterized by a polymorphous inflorescence, usually with a naked receptacle, ten-ribbed achenes, and a pappus of two or three series, the inner slender, copious, and elongated, the outer much shorter, often more chaffy, sometimes absent. There are about 500 species. They are chiefly tropical, abundant in America, numerous in Africa, and frequent in Asia. A few occur beyond the tropics, in North and South America and South Africa. One Asiatic species, V. cinerea, is very common also in Australia, and is naturalized in the West Indies. None occurs in Europe. They are shrubs or herbs, usually with straight, crisped, woolly or tangled hairs, rarely stellate or scurfy. The leaves are alternate, entire or toothed, feather-veined, petioled or sessile, but not decurrent; in V. oppositifolia and V. eupatorifolia of Brazil they are opposite. The fruit consists of smooth or hirsute achenes, commonly glandular between the ribs. The flowers are purple, red. bluish, or rarely white; they form terminal flowerheads, which are usually cymose and panicled, or corymbose, sometimes solitary or glomerate. The large section Lepidoploa includes over 200 American species, chiefly with many-flowered subspherical corymbed heads; to this belong the 10 or more species of the United States, which are known as ironweed, perhaps from the hardness of their stems, and are peculiar in their usually crimson flowers, brown or rusty-colored pappus, and resinous-dotted achenes. They are polymorphous, and disposed to hybridize. V. Noveboracensis, also known as flattop, extends north to New England; V. altissima, to Pennsylvania; and V. fasciculata, to Ohio and the Dakotas; the others are chiefly southwestern. V. arborescens is the fleabane of Jamaica. A decoction of V. cinerea is used in India as a febrifuge. The small black seeds of V. anthelmintica, a common annual of India, yield by pressure a solid green oil known as khatzum- or kinka-oil, esteemed of value iu the arts.
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In news:

A 12-year-old boy is recovering in a Portland hospital from burns to his face and hands after carrying his grandmother to safety after an explosive fire at their home in Vernonia .
VERNONIA — A 12-year-old boy is recovering from burns to his face and hands after carrying his grandmother to safety after an explosive fire at their home in Vernonia .
19 pm about five miles south of Vernonia , according to Oregon State Police.
Enlarge Michael Lloyd, The Oregonian US Sen Ron Wyden passed out pieces of the freshly cut ribbon to future students at the dedication of Vernonia 's new K-12 school building Tuesday.
The city of Vernonia , on the Nehalem River, has completely rebuilt its schools after a 2007 flood wreaked havoc on the district.
View full size Photo courtesy The Metropolitan Group Vernonia 's new school and community center got started in earnest last summer, when a crane raised the first concrete wall section into place -- all on ground well above the flood plain.
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Well here's a deal that the RD of the ORRC Vernonia Marathon and Half Marathon sent me over the weekend to share with our lovely readers.
A Columbia County judge has blocked US Bank from evicting a Vernonia woman whose home was sold in foreclosure.
Thomas Boyd Gov Ted Kulongoski spoke Thursday at Vernonia 's Washington Grade School after breaking ground on the town's new school and community center.
VERNONIA – Three years ago tomorrow, the rivers that wind their way through Vernonia spilled past their banks and into hundreds of homes.
Nehalem River, from Vernonia to Big Eddy.
Vernonia 's Anderson Park at the base of Jefferson Street, a right turn off the town's main drag, Bridge Street (Oregon 47).
Flooded streets are shown Tuesday, Dec 4, 2007, in Vernonia , Ore.
A 64-year-old woman and 12-year-old boy were badly burned in a house fire in Vernonia .