Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


821

Forb
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas
Documented growing wild in - NC SC

Common (uncommon in SC, rare in Mountains)

Look for it in sandhills, pine barrens, other xeric forests and woodlands, fields, roadbanks, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade ...Variable ...Dry

LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate & basal

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Disc: Purplish-blue
Rays: Absent
Bisexual
Inferior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Blackish
Achene

 

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Liatris pilosa   FAMILY Asteraceae__

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Liatris pilosa   FAMILY Asteraceae__

LESS THAN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 179-30-003:
Liatris graminifolia   FAMILY Asteraceae__

 

COMMON NAME:
Grass-leaved Blazing-star


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_lagr7_001_lvd

        

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JK Marlow    jkm160816_541

August    Oconee County    SC

Phyllaries apically rounded, completely bordered by a narrow, hyaline rim, per Taxonomy of the Liatris pilosa (graminifolia) complex (Asteraceae: Eupatorieae) (Nesom & Stucky, 2004).

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JK Marlow    jkm160816_543

August    Oconee County    SC

Leaves one-veined, per Weakley's Flora.

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JK Marlow    jkm160816_543b

August    Oconee County    SC

Lower leaves usually prominently ciliate, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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JK Marlow    jkm060928_083

September    York County    SC

Utility right-of-way

Liatris corms may be aged by their annual rings, like trees, per Book of Field and Roadside.

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JK Marlow    jkm060928_086

September    York County    SC

Utility right-of-way

Involucres 6-11mm long, 4-6mm in diameter; the bracts obtuse, usually green, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Liatris pilosa

JK Marlow    jkm060928_088

September    York County    SC

Utility right-of-way

The heads average about 10 flowers each and are almost sessile, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

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JK Marlow    jkm060928_088b

September    York County    SC

Utility right-of-way

Flowers all discoid, perfect, 5-lobed, the corolla tube pilose within, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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JK Marlow    jkm060928_090

September    York County    SC

Utility right-of-way

[Pollinator at work.] Heads densely arranged, on internodes (1)2-5(7)mm, per Weakley's Flora.

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JK Marlow    s060928_ab

September    York County    SC

Utility right-of-way

Stems to 1.5m tall. Lower leaves 5-20cm long, 2-10mm wide, glabrous, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.