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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picture of Aster tortifolius, image of Sericocarpus tortifolius

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

        

picture of Aster tortifolius, 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.

picture of Aster tortifolius, 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.

picture of Aster tortifolius, image of Sericocarpus tortifolius

Will Stuart    wil_stortifolius_313

September    Richmond County    NC

North Carolina Sandhills Gamelands

picture of Aster tortifolius, image of Sericocarpus tortifolius

JK Marlow    jkm161001_130

September    Chesterfield County    SC

Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge

picture of Aster tortifolius, image of Sericocarpus tortifolius

JK Marlow    jkm161001_131

September    Chesterfield County    SC

Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge

picture of Aster tortifolius, 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.

picture of Aster tortifolius, 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.

picture of Aster tortifolius, 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.