Brintonia E.L. Greene includes a single species B. discoidea (Ell.) E.L. Greene. Herbaceous perennials found on sandy soils, rich, sometimes swampy woods on the coastal plain in Alabama, Northern Florida, Southwestern Georgia, Louisiana and Mississippi. It lacks ray florets and has whitish disc florets tinted with purplish red. The pappus bristles are also usually distinctively purplish red. Flowering from August to October.