FAMILY: Compositae (Asteraceae)
SYNONYM: Sericocarpus linifolius (L.) BSP.
HABIT: Perennial herb to 6 dm.; flowering
June-September; fruiting August-October.
SIMILAR SPECIES: Aster solidagineus can generally be
distinguished from other species of Aster by its sessile, linear, entire
leaves and few-rayed (3-6) heads.
TOTAL RANGE: S. NH to s. IN, s. to GA, AL, MS, and LA.
STATE RANGE: There are extant populations in Jackson, Pike,
and Scioto counties. There is a pre-1960 record from Adams County.
STATE STATUS: 1980 to present: Threatened.
HABITAT: Dry, open to semi-open situations: upland woods,
thickets, and clearings.
HAZARDS: Overshading by woody species as a result of
RECOVERY POTENTIAL: Unknown, but possibly good. It appears
able to colonize disturbed habitats.
INVENTORY GUIDELINES: Mature flowering material is needed
for positive identification.
COMMENTS: Among Ohio asters, this species is relatively easy
to identify. However, it may be
overlooked due to its non-descript appearance. In general terms, though, its
state range probably is accurately known.
authors segregate this and a related species into the separate genus Sericocarpus
(see Synonym). However, most recent authors do not follow this treatment.
Cronquist, A. 1980. Vascular flora of the
southeastern United States. Vol. I. Asteraceae. Univ. of North Carolina Press,
Chapel Hill, NC. xv + 261 p.
Division of Natural Areas and Preserves
Ohio Department of Natural Resources
Created: 1/1983 James Burns
Database Code: SPNX.C14