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Sericocarpus linifolius

Sericocarpus linifolius (L.) Britton, Sterns & Poggenb.

narrow-leaf white-topped aster, narrowleaf whitetop aster

Synonym(s): Aster solidagineus, Conyza linifolia
Sericocarpus linifolius (Narrow-leaf White-topped Aster)
Image ID: 17265
Image by: Sorrie, Bruce A.
Image Collection: NCBG Digital Library

PLANT INDEX

ID_PLANT: SELI5
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Sericocarpus linifolius
Include in WOTAS: 1
Publish to Web: 1
Last Modified: 2018-02-06

GENUS INDEX

GENUS CODE: SERIC
GENUS SCIENTIFIC: Sericocarpus
GENUS AUTHORITY: Greene
GENUS COMMON: Whitetop aster
GENUS SUMMARY: A genus of 5 species, herbs, of North America. This group of species, traditionally treated as Sericocarpus, was transferred to Aster by Cronquist, a treatment followed by most (but not all) recent floristic works. It now appears, based on morphological and molecular studies, that the traditional treatment as a separate genus is far superior. Nesom (1993a) argues that a variety of characters indicate that Sericocarpus is more closely allied to Solidago, Euthamia, Bigelowia, Chrysoma, and Gutierrezia than it is to Aster. Noyes & Rieseberg (1999) provide strong support for this contention, based on molecular evidence. See Nesom (1993a), Jones (1980), Semple & Brouillet (1980), and Noyes & Rieseberg (1999) for further discussion about the affinities of this group.
GENUS IDENTIFICATION:
GENUS REFERENCES: Semple & Leonard in FNA (2006b); Leonard, Cook, & Semple (2005)=Y; Nesom (1993a)=Z; Cronquist (1980)=SE.

FAMILY INDEX

FAMILY CODE: ASTERA
FAMILY SCIENTIFIC: Asteraceae
FAMILY AUTHORITY: Dumortier 1822 or COMPOSITAE Giseke 1792
FAMILY COMMON: Aster Family
FAMILY SUMMARY: A family of about 1500-1700 genera and 20,000-25,000 species, shrubs, herbs, trees, and vines, cosmopolitan in distribution.
FAMILY REFERENCE: Cronquist (1980)=SE throughout family treatment.

NCBG DESCRIPTIVES

INTRO: Erect perennial of dry woodlands, barrens and sandhills.
STEMS: Stems branched above, smooth.
LEAVES: Leaves alternate, mostly sessile, rigid, linear to narrowly elliptic, to 3 in. long, smooth.
INFLORESCENCE:
FLOWERS: Composite flowers (heads) in a flat-topped, branching, terminal cluster; heads about 1 in. wide, consisting of 3-6 long-petaled, white ray florets encircling a small center disk of tiny, white to cream, tubular florets. Several series of green-and-white bracts surround the cylindric to oblong base of each head.
FRUITS:
COMMENTS:
HEIGHT: 8-24 in.

DURATION: Perennial
HABIT: Herb

LEAF ARRANGEMENT: Alternate
LEAF COMPLEXITY: Simple
LEAF RETENTION:

FLORAL CHARACTERISTICS
SYMMETRY: Mixed
BLOOM TIME: Jun-Jul
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
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BLOOM COLOR: White
White Red Pink Orange Yellow Green Blue Lavender Purple Violet Brown Not Applicable
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FRUITING PERIOD:

DISTRIBUTION
HABITAT TYPE: Dry forests, Sandhills, Woods margins
NATIVE RANGE: eastern United States

HORTICULTURAL
Plant Sale Text: Common throughout North Carolina, narrow-leaf whitetop aster is found growing in dry open woods and fields in sand, clay and gravel, and in thin soils over granite outcrops. Beginning in early summer this aster produces a branched cluster of bright white flowers. Use this aster to brighten a dry section of the summer landscape and to attract a variety of bees, wasps and other pollinators to your garden.

Bloom Table Text:

NCBG Location:

Cultural Notes:

SOIL MOISTURE: Dry, Average
LIGHT EXPOSURE: Sun, Part Shade
MINIMUM HARDINESS ZONE: 5
MAXIMUM HARDINESS ZONE: 8
GERMINATION CODE: 2
WILDLIFE VALUE: Bee Friendly, Butterfly Friendly
DEER RESISTANCE:

GRIM ACCESSIONS

acc_id acc_num acc_dt coll_id Action
271 2011-0127 2011-06-16 276 View
291 2011-0154 2011-06-16 296 View
5958 1995-1088 View
9149 2007-0172 2007-07-17 1462 View


GRIM COLLECTIONS

Coll_id Project Collection date Collector Action
276 HORT 2009-12-01 Poythress View
296 HORT 2009-01-01 NCBG staff View
1462 HORT View
2032 NPMD 2020-07-22 Summer View
2033 NPMD 2020-07-16 Summer View
2034 NPMD 2020-07-29 Summer View
2405 NPMD 2020-11-20 Kunz View


GRIM PLANTINGS

plt_num acc_id loc_num pers_num inst_dt Action
657 271 12 NCBG staff 2011-05-17 View
659 271 19 NCBG staff 2011-05-12 View
682 291 21 NCBG staff 2011-04-08 View
8528 5958 2 NCBG staff 1992-01-01 View
12110 9149 57 NCBG staff 0000-00-00 View
12769 0 23 Liloia 0000-00-00 View

USDA PLANTS DATABASE

USDA Symbol: SELI5
USDA Common Name: Narrowleaf Whitetop Aster
Native Status: L48 (N)
Distribution: USA (AL, CT, DC, DE, GA, IN, KY, LA, MA, MD, MS, NC, NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, TN, VA, WV)
Duration: Perennial
Growth Habit: Forb/herb

WEAKLEY FLORA

SCIENTIFIC NAME: Sericocarpus linifolius
COMMON NAME: Narrow-leaf White-topped Aster
SYNONYMY: [= F, FNA, K, Pa, S, Va, WV, Y, Z; = Aster solidagineus Michaux - RAB, C, G, SE, W]
PHENOLOGY: Jun-Jul.
HABITAT: Dry woodlands, sandhills.
COMMENTS: MA west to s. OH and s. IN, south to se. SC, c. GA, s. AL, s. MS, and e. LA (Florida parishes).
RANGE MAP: Sericocarpus linifolius.png

Key to Map Symbols
ABOUT FAMILY (Weakley Flora)
Asteraceae Dumortier 1822 or COMPOSITAE Giseke 1792 (Aster Family)
SUMMARY: A family of about 1500-1700 genera and 20,000-25,000 species, shrubs, herbs, trees, and vines, cosmopolitan in distribution.
REFERENCE: Cronquist (1980)=SE throughout family treatment.
ABOUT GENUS (Weakley Flora)
Sericocarpus Greene (Whitetop aster)
SUMMARY: A genus of 5 species, herbs, of North America. This group of species, traditionally treated as Sericocarpus, was transferred to Aster by Cronquist, a treatment followed by most (but not all) recent floristic works. It now appears, based on morphological and molecular studies, that the traditional treatment as a separate genus is far superior. Nesom (1993a) argues that a variety of characters indicate that Sericocarpus is more closely allied to Solidago, Euthamia, Bigelowia, Chrysoma, and Gutierrezia than it is to Aster. Noyes & Rieseberg (1999) provide strong support for this contention, based on molecular evidence. See Nesom (1993a), Jones (1980), Semple & Brouillet (1980), and Noyes & Rieseberg (1999) for further discussion about the affinities of this group.
REFERENCE: Semple & Leonard in FNA (2006b); Leonard, Cook, & Semple (2005)=Y; Nesom (1993a)=Z; Cronquist (1980)=SE.

HERBARIUM RESOURCES

SERNEC: Find Sericocarpus linifolius in Southeast Regional Network of Experts and Collections (if available)
UNC SERNEC: Find Sericocarpus linifolius in University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Herbarium - Southeast Regional Network of Experts and Collections (if available)

WEB RESOURCES

USDA: Find Sericocarpus linifolius in USDA Plants
NPIN: Find Sericocarpus linifolius in NPIN Database
FNA: Find Sericocarpus linifolius in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Sericocarpus linifolius

NCBG IMAGE RECORDS

ID IMAGE1: 17265
ID IMAGE2: 0
ID IMAGE3: 18779

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