Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Campanulids: Asterales
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Read more about Coastal Plain Elephant's Foot at Vascular Plants of North Carolina.
The acaulescent species of Elephantopus are easily and often confused with Vernonia acaulis, especially when sterile. Vernonia has leaves scabrous above and sparsely pilose to glabrate beneath; Elephantopus has leaves sparely pilose above, densely pilose or tomentose below. Vernonia leaves tend to have a more acute apex, and the veins above are more strikingly differentiated in their color (white or pink) from the adjacent leaf tissue. When in flower, the presence of subtending foliose bracts below the compound glomerule of heads in Elephantopus (versus the absence of foliose bracts below the simple head in Vernonia) is diagnostic, per Weakley's Flora (2022)
SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America north of Mexico, vol. 19-20-21 (2006)
SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 179-28-003:
Elephantopus nudatus FAMILY Asteraceae__
SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Coastal Plain Elephant's Foot, Smooth Elephant's Foot, Savanna Elephant's Foot, Pineland Elephant's Foot
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Bruce A. Sorrie bas_elephantopus_nudatus1
August Moore County NC
Flowers all discoid [no ray flowers], pink or purple, rarely white, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968).
Bruce A. Sorrie bas_elephantopus_nudatus2
August Moore County NC
Leaves essentially all basal, flat on the ground (maybe 1-2 small stem lvs), per Wildflowers of the Sandhills Region (Sorrie, 2011).
Flora of North America north of Mexico, vol. 19-20-21
Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Common in Coastal Plain (rare in Piedmont)
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Disc: Pink/ Lavender
TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!
- Guide to the Wildflowers of SC, 2nd ed. (McMillan, Porcher, Rayner, & White; 2022) p353
- Wildflowers of the Atlantic Southeast (Cotterman, Waitt, & Weakley, 2019) p392
- Wildflowers of the Eastern United States (Duncan & Duncan, 1999) p105
- Field Guide to the Wildflowers of Georgia (Chafin, 2016) p074
- Wildflowers of the Sandhills Region (Sorrie, 2011) p074
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