Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Forb
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common in NC Mountains, uncommon or rare elsewhere in GA-NC-SC

Look for it in wet meadows, pastures, bogs, fens, marshes, stream floodplains, roadbanks, to at least 1900m, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade ...Wet ...Moist ...Variable

LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Rays: White
Disc: Yellow
Disc flowers bisexual & fertile/ Ray flowers pistillate & fertile
Inferior ovary
Flower heads in compact flat corymbs

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Brown
Achene

 

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Doellingeria umbellata   FAMILY Asteraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Doellingeria umbellata var. umbellata   FAMILY Asteraceae

LESS THAN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 179-47-041a:
Aster umbellatus var. umbellatus   FAMILY Asteraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Doellingeria umbellata

 

COMMON NAME:
Tall Flat-topped White Aster, Tall Whitetop Aster


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picture of Aster umbellatus var. umbellatus, image of Doellingeria umbellata

JK Marlow    jkm150814_764

August    Jackson County    NC

Whiteside Mountain

Disk flowers 16-40 per head; ray flowers 5-14 per head, per Weakley's Flora.

picture of Aster umbellatus var. umbellatus, image of Doellingeria umbellata

JK Marlow    jkm150814_766

August    Jackson County    NC

Whiteside Mountain

Leaves mostly 4-6x as long as wide, per Weakley's Flora.

picture of Aster umbellatus var. umbellatus, image of Doellingeria umbellata

JK Marlow    jkm150814_768

August    Jackson County    NC

Whiteside Mountain

Leaves narrowly elliptic and entire, on short petioles, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

picture of Aster umbellatus var. umbellatus, image of Doellingeria umbellata

JK Marlow    jkm150814_796

August    Jackson County    NC

Whiteside Mountain

Plants with stems scattered from creeping rhizomes (forming clonal patches), per Weakley's Flora.

picture of Aster umbellatus var. umbellatus, image of Doellingeria umbellata

JK Marlow    jkm150814_798

August    Jackson County    NC

Whiteside Mountain

The inflorescence is not an umbel but a flattish corymbiform cluster, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

picture of Aster umbellatus var. umbellatus, image of Doellingeria umbellata

Patrick D. McMillan    pdmdumbellata_wsm1

Month Unknown    Jackson County    NC

Whiteside Mountain