What plant is that?

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April 2019 Mystery Plant

April 2019 Mystery Plant flower

April 2019 Mystery Plant flower close up

April 2019 Mystery Plant seed head
Top and lower two photos:
© Francis R. Underwood 2019
Second photo from top:
©David G. Smith, http://www.delawarewildflowers.org

This month’s mystery plant is
not native to New England,
but it does occur in Rhode Island
and Massachusetts.  In Rhode Island I  have seen it growing in Warwick and Providence.  It is a plant which grows in wet places
such as along pond shores
and in alluvial habitats. 
This plant is an annual composite
with ray flowers growing around
the outside of the flower head which are white while the flowers in the center
of the head are tubular (discoid).
The ray flowers are very short
and only 3-4mm long.
  The plant sometimes sprawls and
roots at the nodes in very wet habitats
but along pond shores it is more
upright in growth up to
5-12” or more in height 
The leaves are pinnately veined,
opposite, 2-8 cm in length, lance-shaped, short  petioled or sessile,
and rather narrow. 
This plant grows 2-10” in height. 
This plant is not included in
Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide.
The GoBotany site online is perhaps a better guide to an accurate identification. 
Note in the third sentence above that
the word composite is sometimes used
to refer to the aster family

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Congratulations to the following
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last month's mystery plant.

Colette Bazirgan
Judy Berger
Christie Bergeron
Jane Borden
Taylor Carroll
John Paul DeRoy
Sara Dunn
Nancy Fullerton
Carol Green
Savannah Harik
Laurie Harper
Diana Hassel
Eric Hedison
Dianne Izzo
Charles Kineke
Deanna Lockard
Sara Shea McConnell
Trevor McFadden
Lorraine Mcleish
Brian Maynard
Laurie Moore
Patricia Morin
Krista Noe
Michelle Novello
Kathy Parker
Betsy Puckett
Judith Sonder
Donna Sousa
Robin Vallese
Susan Verrecchia
Helena Willis