Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Forb
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Uncommon in Carolina Coastal Plain, rare elsewhere in GA-NC-SC

Look for it in bogs, swamps and marshes, mainly in the outer Coastal Plain, on tree bases, hummocks, and stumps in tidal freshwater swamps, especially where salinities may occasionally exceed 5-10ppt, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate (basal leaves absent or withered at flowering)

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Rays: Pinkish, lavender
Disc: Cream becoming pink, reddish-purple, brown
Disc flowers bisexual & fertile/ Ray flowers pistillate & fertile
Inferior ovary

Flower heads in leafy panicles

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Achene

 

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (10/20/20):
Symphyotrichum elliottii   FAMILY Asteraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Symphyotrichum elliottii   FAMILY Asteraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Symphyotrichum elliottii

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 179-47-021:
Aster elliottii   FAMILY Asteraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Aster elliottii

SYNONYMOUS WITH -
Aster puniceus var. elliottii

SYNONYMOUS WITH -
Symphyotrichum elliotii

 

COMMON NAME:
Elliott's Aster, Southern Swamp Aster


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image of Symphyotrichum elliottii, Elliott's Aster, Southern Swamp Aster

Bruce A. Sorrie    bas_symph_elliottii1

October    Tyrrell County    NC

Leaves smooth, sessile with a tapering, non-clasping base, per Guide to the Wildflowers of SC.

image of Symphyotrichum elliottii, Elliott's Aster, Southern Swamp Aster

Bruce A. Sorrie    bas_symph_elliottii3

October    Tyrrell County    NC

Similar to S. puniceum but that has auriculate leaf bases, per Guide to the Wildflowers of SC.