Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


2295

Forb
Perennial

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

Common

Look for it in dry to mesic sandhills, per Weakley's Flora

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...Moist ...Dry

LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate (basal rosette withered by flowering)
Leaves sessile

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

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Achene

 

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Sericocarpus tortifolius   FAMILY Asteraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Sericocarpus tortifolius   FAMILY Asteraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 179-47-003:
Aster tortifolius   FAMILY Asteraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Sericocarpus bifoliatus

 

COMMON NAME:
Twisted-leaf White-topped Aster, Dixie White-topped Aster


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image of Sericocarpus tortifolius

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_sebi7_001_lvd

        

image of Sericocarpus tortifolius

Will Stuart    wil_stortifolius_014

September    Richmond County    NC

North Carolina Sandhills Gamelands

Inflorescence roughly flat-topped, per Wildflowers of the Sandhills Region.

image of Sericocarpus tortifolius

Will Stuart    wil_stortifolius_017

September    Richmond County    NC

North Carolina Sandhills Gamelands

Stems densely pubescent. Leaves short & twisted (unlike other Sericocarpus), per Wildflowers of the Sandhills Region.

image of Sericocarpus tortifolius

Will Stuart    wil_stortifolius_313

September    Richmond County    NC

North Carolina Sandhills Gamelands

image of Sericocarpus tortifolius

JK Marlow    jkm161001_130

September    Chesterfield County    SC

Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge

image of Sericocarpus tortifolius

JK Marlow    jkm161001_131

September    Chesterfield County    SC

Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge

image of Sericocarpus tortifolius

JK Marlow    jkm161001_145

September    Chesterfield County    SC

Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge

Leaf blades obovate, margins entire, faces hairy, resinous, per Flora of North America.

image of Sericocarpus tortifolius

JK Marlow    jkm161001_146

October    Chesterfield County    SC

Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge

Phyllaries in 4-5 series, thumbnail-shaped, inner more linear, unequal, per Flora of North America.

image of Sericocarpus tortifolius

Keith Bradley    kab_s_tortifolius_7795

October        SC

Manchester State Forest

Bracts at base of flowerheads distinctly green-tipped; 2-5 white ray flowers, per Wildflowers of the Sandhills Region.