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Aster, Symphyotrichum, Eurybia, Sericocarpus, Oclemena, Doellingeria, Ionactis, Ampelaster

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inflorescence
Leaves of lower to mid-stem

 

INFLORESCENCE STRUCTURE

Flower heads are borne in a panicle or panicle-like array (sometimes appearing raceme-like, especially in young or stunted plants).

Flower heads are borne in a corymb.

Flower heads are borne singly.

 

FLOWER COLOR

Ray flowers are blue, lavender or violet, rarely white.

Ray flowers are white, rarely with a tinge of violet.

 

LEAVES

Leaves of lower to mid-stem have clasping bases.

Leaves of lower to mid-stem have heart-shaped (cordate) bases and obvious petioles.

Leaves of lower to mid-stem have bases that taper (or are somewhat rounded) to a petiole that is short or absent.

Leaves of lower to mid-stem are grass-like.

 

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Ampelaster carolinianus Climbing Aster
Symphyotrichum concinnum Narrowleaf Smooth Blue Aster, Harmonious Aster
Symphyotrichum georgianum Georgia Aster
Symphyotrichum grandiflorum Big-headed Aster, Rough Aster, Large-headed Aster, Largeflower Aster
Symphyotrichum laeve Smooth Blue Aster
Symphyotrichum novae-angliae New England Aster
Symphyotrichum novi-belgii var. elodes New York Aster
Symphyotrichum oblongifolium Eastern Aromatic Aster, Shale-barren Aster
Symphyotrichum patens var. patens Late Purple Aster, Common Clasping Aster, Late Blue Aster, Skydrop Aster
Symphyotrichum phlogifolium Appalachian Clasping Aster, Thinleaf Late Purple Aster
Symphyotrichum prenanthoides Crooked-stem Aster, Zigzag Aster
Symphyotrichum puniceum var. puniceum Purplestem Aster, Swamp Aster
Symphyotrichum undulatum Wavyleaf Aster
Symphyotrichum walteri Walter's Aster

 

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Symphyotrichum cordifolium Heartleaf Aster, Common Blue Wood Aster
Symphyotrichum lowrieanum Smooth Heartleaf Aster, Lowrie's Blue Wood Aster, Lowrie's Aster
Symphyotrichum shortii Short's Aster, Midwestern Blue Heart-leaved Aster
Symphyotrichum undulatum Wavyleaf Aster
Symphyotrichum urophyllum White Arrowleaf Aster, Arrowleaf Blue Wood Aster

 

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Symphyotrichum concolor var. concolor Eastern Silvery Aster
Symphyotrichum divaricatum Midwestern Salt-marsh Aster
Symphyotrichum dumosum + Bushy Aster, Long-stalked Aster, Rice-button Aster
Symphyotrichum praealtum var. angustior Willow Aster, Veiny Lined Aster, Tall Aster
Symphyotrichum racemosum var. racemosum Small White Aster
Symphyotrichum retroflexum Curtis's Aster, Rigid Whitetop Aster
Symphyotrichum rhiannon Buck Creek Aster, Rhiannon's Aster
Symphyotrichum sericeum Western Silvery Aster
Symphyotrichum subulatum Eastern Saltmarsh Aster, Annual Saltmarsh Aster
Symphyotrichum tenuifolium Perennial Saltmarsh Aster

 

This database doesn't include any Asters that meet those criteria.

 

This database doesn't include any Asters that meet those criteria.

 

This database doesn't include any Asters that meet those criteria.

 

This database doesn't include any Asters that meet those criteria.

 

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Symphyotrichum dumosum + Bushy Aster, Long-stalked Aster, Rice-button Aster
Symphyotrichum lanceolatum var. lanceolatum White Panicle Aster, Tall White Aster, Panicled Aster
Symphyotrichum lateriflorum Calico Aster, Starved Aster
Symphyotrichum pilosum var. pilosum Frost Aster, White Heath Aster
Symphyotrichum racemosum var. racemosum Small White Aster
Symphyotrichum subulatum Eastern Saltmarsh Aster, Annual Saltmarsh Aster
Symphyotrichum tenuifolium Perennial Saltmarsh Aster

 

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Eurybia eryngiifolia Eryngo-leaved Aster, Thistleleaf Aster

 

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Eurybia compacta Slender Aster
Symphyotrichum elliottii Elliott's Aster, Southern Swamp Aster

 

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Eurybia macrophylla Large-leaf Aster, Bigleaf Aster
Eurybia mirabilis Piedmont Aster, Bouquet Aster

 

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Aster tataricus Tatarian Aster
Eurybia radula Rough-leaved Aster, Low Rough Aster
Eurybia spectabilis Low Showy Aster, Eastern Showy Aster
Eurybia surculosa Creeping Aster
Ionactis linariifolia Stiffleaf Aster, Flaxleaf Aster, Spruce Aster

 

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Eurybia avita Alexander's Rock Aster
Eurybia paludosa Savannah Grass-leaved Aster, Southern Swamp Aster

 

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Eurybia chlorolepis Blue Ridge White Heart-leaved Aster, Mountain Wood-aster
Eurybia divaricata White Wood-aster, Woodland Aster, Common White Heart-leaved Aster
Eurybia macrophylla Large-leaf Aster, Bigleaf Aster
Eurybia mirabilis Piedmont Aster, Bouquet Aster
Eurybia schreberi Schreber's Aster

 

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Doellingeria infirma Appalachian Flat-topped White Aster, Cornel-leaf Aster
Doellingeria sericocarpoides Pocosin Flat-top Aster, Southern Whitetop, Streamhead Flat-top Aster, Southern Flat-top Aster
Doellingeria umbellata Tall Flat-top White Aster, Tall Whitetop Aster, Tall Flat-top Aster
Oclemena acuminata Whorled Wood Aster, Floral Wood Aster, Whorled Aster, Whorled Nodding-aster
Oclemena reticulata Pine-barren Aster, Whitetop Aster
Sericocarpus asteroides Toothed Whitetop Aster
Sericocarpus linifolius Narrowleaf Whitetop Aster, Slender Whitetop Aster
Sericocarpus tortifolius Twisted-leaf Whitetop Aster, Dixie Whitetop Aster

 

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Oclemena reticulata Pine-barren Aster, Whitetop Aster

 

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Eurybia avita Alexander's Rock Aster

 

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Ionactis linariifolia Stiffleaf Aster, Flaxleaf Aster, Spruce Aster

 

This database doesn't include any Asters that meet those criteria.

 

This database doesn't include any Asters that meet those criteria.

 

This database doesn't include any Asters that meet those criteria.

 

This database doesn't include any Asters that meet those criteria.

 

This database doesn't include any Asters that meet those criteria.

 

This database doesn't include any Asters that meet those criteria.

 

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Eurybia eryngiifolia Eryngo-leaved Aster, Thistleleaf Aster

 

This key was inspired by Ron Lance's handout “Guide to the Asters of Western North Carolina,” and built on that as well as on the Vascular Flora of the Carolinas, Weakley's Flora, and Flora of North America.

Revised 20 August 2013.