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

Common

Look for it in dry savannas, sandhills, pine flatwoods, prairie-like openings, glades, & barrens, high elevation rock outcrops & glades, to at least 1450m, dry roadbanks, woodland edges, rocky woodlands, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade ...Dry

LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Rays: Blue/ Violet
Disc: Yellow
Disc flowers bisexual & fertile/ Ray flowers pistillate & fertile
Inferior ovary
Flower heads in loose corymbs or sometimes solitary

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Black
Achene

 

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Ionactis linariifolia   FAMILY Asteraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH (ORTHOGRAPHIC VARIANT) PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Ionactis linariifolius   FAMILY Asteraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 179-47-031:
Aster linariifolius   FAMILY Asteraceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Stiff-leaf Aster, Flaxleaf Aster, Spruce Aster


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_ioli2_001_lvd

        

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_i_linariifolia

June        

An intensely yellow disc and 7-15 lilac-blue rays, per Wildflowers of the Sandhills Region.

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_ionactis_linariifolia

June        

Occurs in dry open woods, per All About South Carolina Wildflowers.

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JK Marlow    jkm061029_185

October    Oconee County    SC

Sumter National Forest: Andrew Pickens Ranger District

Leaves stiff, linear, entire, with a single prominent vein, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

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JK Marlow    jkm071021_033b

October    Oconee County    SC

Thick needle-like leaves have only one prominent vein, per All About South Carolina Wildflowers.

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JK Marlow    jkm161001_138

September    Chesterfield County    SC

Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge

image of Ionactis linariifolia

JK Marlow    jkm161001_139

September    Chesterfield County    SC

Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge

Involucres turbinate; bracts whitish with green midrib, appressed, glabrous, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.


click here to see other plants that look similar to this COMPARE involucral bracts of North American asters

image of Ionactis linariifolia

JK Marlow    jkm161001_140

September    Chesterfield County    SC

Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge

image of Ionactis linariifolia

JK Marlow    jkm161001_141

September    Chesterfield County    SC

Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_i_linariifolia_3

October        

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Will Stuart    wil_4059981702_7e452339b4

October    Chesterfield County    SC

Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge

Most of the inflorescences appear reflexed. — Will Stuart