Quilted leaf vernonia (V. flanaganii)
So very similar to Vernonia hirsuta var. obtusifolia, now classified as Hilliardiella hirsuta, that it is hard for me to understand why this species is now in a different genus. Distinguished because V. flanaganii has short stalks on leaves and not clasping, while the bracts narrow gently to a tip. Both species seen at Cavern but no detail of the dampness of the sites was recorded or prominent.