Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Campanulids: Asterales
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See herbarium specimens at the Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants.
SYNONYMOUS WITH Floristic Synthesis of North America. BONAP (Kartesz, 2021)
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) 179-47-039:
Aster reticulatus FAMILY Asteraceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Pine-barren Aster, Whitetop Aster
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Alan S. Weakley asw_1412418176257948
Apalachicola National Forest
Leaves narrowly elliptic, acute to obtuse at the tip, coriaceous in texture, per Weakley's Flora (2022).
Floristic Synthesis of North America. BONAP (Kartesz, 2021)
Flora of North America north of Mexico, vol. 19-20-21
Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Habitat: Wet pine flatwoods, per Weakley's Flora
Native to South Carolina & Georgia
Common in GA Coastal Plain (rare in SC)
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Disc flowers bisexual & fertile/ Ray flowers pistillate & fertile
Flower heads in corymbs
TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!
- Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers (Nelson, 2006) p118
- Guide to the Wildflowers of SC, 2nd ed. (McMillan, Porcher, Rayner, & White; 2022) p360
- Wildflowers of the Carolina Lowcountry (Porcher, 1995) p164
- Wildflowers of the Eastern United States (Duncan & Duncan, 1999) p112
- Field Guide to the Wildflowers of Georgia (Chafin, 2016) p103
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