Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Campanulids: Asterales
Dig deeper at SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria.
Sericocarpus asteroides produces (in addition to the larger perennating rhizome) slender, scale-leaved, stoloniform rhizomes that may elongate laterally up to 15 centimeters -- with a rooting plantlet at the tip of these rhizomes. Read more in Nesom 2021c.
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SYNONYMOUS WITH Sericocarpus asteroides (Asteraceae: Astereae), rhizomatous and colonial, and Sericocarpus caespitosus, sp. nov
INCLUDED WITHIN Flora of North America north of Mexico, vol. 19-20-21 (2006)
INCLUDED WITHIN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 179-47-001?:
Aster paternus FAMILY Asteraceae
INCLUDED WITHIN Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Toothed Whitetop Aster
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Sericocarpus asteroides (Asteraceae: Astereae), rhizomatous and colonial, and Sericocarpus caespitosus, sp. nov
Flora of North America north of Mexico, vol. 19-20-21
Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Native to the Carolinas
Common in Coastal Plain, uncommon in NC Piedmont, rare in SC Piedmont
CLICK HERE to see a map, notes, and images from Weakley's Flora of the Southeastern US.
Click here to see a map showing all occurrences known to SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria. (Zoom in to see more detail.)
Leaves basally disposed, the basal leaves (these sometimes withered by flowering season) and/or lower stem leaves larger than upper stem leaves
Alternate & basal rosette
Disc flowers bisexual & fertile/ Ray flowers pistillate & fertile
Flower heads in flat corymbs
TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!
- Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses (Miller & Miller, 2005) p016
- Newcomb's Wildflower Guide (Newcomb, 1977) p210
- Wildflowers of the Atlantic Southeast (Cotterman, Waitt, & Weakley, 2019) p188
- Wildflowers of the Eastern United States (Duncan & Duncan, 1999) p112
- Wildflowers of the Sandhills Region (Sorrie, 2011) p046
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