Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


2069

Forb

Native to North Carolina
Documented growing wild in - NC -

Rare

Look for it in an ultramafic outcrop barren, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate (basal withered by flowering)

FLOWER:
Fall
Rays: Blue/ Pale violet
Disc: Yellow, lobes becoming purple
Disc flowers bisexual & fertile/ Ray flowers pistillate & fertile
Flower heads with 18-32 ray flowers
Inferior ovary
Flower heads in panicles

FRUIT:
Fall
Achene

 

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Symphyotrichum rhiannon   FAMILY Asteraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Symphyotrichum rhiannon

 

COMMON NAME:
Buck Creek Aster, Rhiannon's Aster


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image of Symphyotrichum rhiannon

JK Marlow    jkm060429_115

April    Clay County    NC

Nantahala National Forest: Tusquitee Ranger District

Leaf margins shallowly crenate to serrate-crenate, petioles winged, per Flora of North America.

image of Symphyotrichum rhiannon

Alan Cressler    alc_3922869943_fdce8438eb

September    Clay County    NC

Nantahala National Forest: Tusquitee Ranger District

Heads in broad, cylindro-paniculiform arrays, branches ascending, per Flora of North America.

image of Symphyotrichum rhiannon

Alan Cressler    alc_3922877507_12307c0c57

September    Clay County    NC

Nantahala National Forest: Tusquitee Ranger District

Ray florets 18-32, corollas 6-9 mm long, per A new species of Symphyotrichum from a serpentine barren in western North Carolina. Sida (Kauffman et al., 2004).

image of Symphyotrichum rhiannon

Alan Cressler    alc_3923661866_741a780d41

September    Clay County    NC

Nantahala National Forest: Tusquitee Ranger District

Ray florets blue to lavender; disc florets yellow, lobes turning purple, per Flora of North America.

image of Symphyotrichum rhiannon

Alan Cressler    alc_3923666606_a455e1a0b7

September    Clay County    NC

Nantahala National Forest: Tusquitee Ranger District

Phyllaries in 3-4 series, slightly unequal, narrowly oblong-lanceolate, per Flora of North America.


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