Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Campanulids: Apiales
Dig deeper at SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria.
Read more about Rattlesnake-master at Vascular Plants of North Carolina.
The distinction between the two varieties, seemingly clear in NC and elsewhere in states bordering the Atlantic, seems to become less straightforward farther west..., per Weakley's Flora (2022)
SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 140-04-003b:
Eryngium yuccifolium var. synchaetum FAMILY Apiaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
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Alan S. Weakley asw_1265773574026230
Apalachicola National Forest
Larger lvs < 1.5cm wide; marginal bristles in fascicles, lower fascicles usually w 2-3 bristles, per Weakley's Flora (2023).
Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Habitat: Wet savannas, especially those over calcareous clay soils, per Weakley's Flora
Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Uncommon in GA, rare in Carolinas
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IS THE PLANT "ARMED"?
Leaf margins weakly spinose
Flowers in compact heads
Schizocarp of two mericarps
TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!
- Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers (Nelson, 2006) p112?
- Wildflowers of the Eastern United States (Duncan & Duncan, 1999) p059?
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