Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common (rare in Mountains)

Look for it in longleaf pine sandhills, dry woodlands and forests (such as ridgetop pine/heath communities in the Mountains), roadbanks, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade ...Dry

LEAVES:
Simple
Basal & alternate

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Rays: Yellow
Disc: Yellow
Disc flowers bisexual/ Ray flowers pistillate
Inferior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Achene

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Campanulids: Asterales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (10/20/20):
Pityopsis nervosa   FAMILY Asteraceae

INCLUDED WITHIN PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Pityopsis graminifolia var. latifolia   FAMILY Asteraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Pityopsis graminifolia var. latifolia

SYNONYMOUS WITH Taxonomic synopsis of Pityopsis (Asteraceae) (Nesom, 2019)
Pityopsis graminifolia

INCLUDED WITHIN Manual of Vascular Plants of NE US & Adjacent Canada (Gleason & Cronquist,1991)
Chrysopsis graminifolia var. latifolia

INCLUDING VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 179-51-003a:
Heterotheca nervosa var. nervosa   FAMILY Asteraceae

INCLUDING Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968)
Heterotheca correllii

INCLUDED WITHIN Britton & Brown Illus Flora of Northeast US & adjacent Canada (Gleason, 1952)
Chrysopsis graminifolia

INCLUDED WITHIN (MISAPPLIED) Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Pityopsis graminifolia

 

COMMON NAME:
Common Silkgrass, Grassleaf Goldenaster


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image of Pityopsis nervosa, Common Silkgrass, Grassleaf Goldenaster

JK Marlow    jkm210523_0725

May    Greenville County    SC

Ashmore Heritage Preserve

image of Pityopsis nervosa, Common Silkgrass, Grassleaf Goldenaster

JK Marlow    jkm120623_205

June    Greenville County    SC

Ashmore Heritage Preserve

Lower leaves up to 20mm wide. Basal leaves much longer than stem leaves, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Pityopsis nervosa, Common Silkgrass, Grassleaf Goldenaster

JK Marlow    jkm0508e_05

August    Oconee County    SC

A dense cover of silky appressed hairs moderates its surface temperature, per Wildflowers & Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont.

image of Pityopsis nervosa, Common Silkgrass, Grassleaf Goldenaster

JK Marlow    jkm0508f_17

August    Greenville County    SC

Ashmore Heritage Preserve

Phyllaries eglandular, or the inner phyllaries glandular, at least distally, per Weakley's Flora (2020).

image of Pityopsis nervosa, Common Silkgrass, Grassleaf Goldenaster

JK Marlow    jkm210807_2539

August    Transylvania County    NC

DuPont State Forest

Outer phyllaries linear triangular, innermost narrowly oblong-lanceolate, per Weakley's Flora (2020).

image of Pityopsis nervosa, Common Silkgrass, Grassleaf Goldenaster

JK Marlow    jkm210807_2545

August    Transylvania County    NC

DuPont State Forest

Peduncles and upper stem eglandular to sparsely glandular, per Weakley's Flora (2020).


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image of Pityopsis nervosa, Common Silkgrass, Grassleaf Goldenaster

Alan Cressler    alc_3921207478

September    Rabun County    GA

Tallulah Gorge State Park

Ray florets 9-13; disc florets 15-50, per Flora of North America.

image of Pityopsis nervosa, Common Silkgrass, Grassleaf Goldenaster

JK Marlow    jkm0510f_03b

October    Pickens County    SC

Fruit a reddish-brown achene topped with bristles, per Wildflowers & Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont.

image of Pityopsis nervosa, Common Silkgrass, Grassleaf Goldenaster

JK Marlow    jkm0510f_08b

October    Pickens County    SC

image of Pityopsis nervosa, Common Silkgrass, Grassleaf Goldenaster

JK Marlow    jkm081019_005

October    Oconee County    SC

Bad Creek

Plants spread vegetatively by underground stems (rhizomes), forming colonies, per Wildflowers & Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont.

image of Pityopsis nervosa, Common Silkgrass, Grassleaf Goldenaster

JK Marlow    jkm131103_195

November    Oconee County    SC

Sumter National Forest: Andrew Pickens Ranger District

The genus Pityopsis has been split from Chrysopsis (goldenasters) and from ->

image of Pityopsis nervosa, Common Silkgrass, Grassleaf Goldenaster

JK Marlow    jkm131103_199

November    Oconee County    SC

Sumter National Forest: Andrew Pickens Ranger District

... Heterotheca (camphorweeds) by its silky, silvery, appressed hairs, per Vascular Plants of North Carolina.