Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


823

Forb
Perennial

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

Rare

Look for it on outcrops of acidic rocks (sandstone, granite, gneiss), per Weakley's Flora

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full sun ...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 microcephala   FAMILY Asteraceae__

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Liatris microcephala   FAMILY Asteraceae__

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 179-30-002:
Liatris microcephala   FAMILY Asteraceae__

 

COMMON NAME:
Narrow-leaf Blazing-star, Small-head Blazing-star


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JK Marlow    jkm110416_619

April    Etowah County    AL

Leaves 1-veined, per Weakley's Flora.

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JK Marlow    jkm110416_636

April    Etowah County    AL

Lower leaves linear to narrowly elliptic, 5-15cm long, 1-5mm wide, glabrous, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_l_microcephala_4

August        

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Will Stuart    wil_9627062683_5281df8d29

August    Buncombe County    NC

NC Arboretum

Flowers 4-5(6) per head, most corollas 6-8mm including the 1.5-2mm lobes, per Wildflowers of the Eastern United States.

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Will Stuart    wil_9630305596_efa8c5422b

August    Buncombe County    NC

NC Arboretum

Leaves numerous, linear, gradually reduced upward, per Wildflowers of the Eastern United States.

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_l_microcephala_1

September        

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_l_microcephala_1b

September        

Phyllaries in 3-4 series, oblong to oblong-obovate, strongly unequal, per Flora of North America.

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_l_microcephela_2

September        

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_l_microcephela_2b

September        

Phyllaries essentially glabrous, margins with hyaline borders, apices rounded, per Flora of North America.