FAMILY: Asteraceae (Compositae)
SYNONYMS: Gnaphalium macounii Greene
HABIT: Biennial herb to 9 dm; flowers July-Sept., fruits
SIMILAR SPECIES: This species is very similar to the common G.
obtusifolium. The leaves of G. viscosum are partly clasping and
decurrent as wings down the stem and the entire plant is glandular-hairy or
wooly. The leaves of G. obtusifolium are sessile, but not decurrent, and
the plant lacks the glandular hairs.
TOTAL RANGE: Que. to B.C., s. to WV, TN and Mex.
STATE RANGE: This species was last collected in Ohio in
1926. There are historical records for Columbiana, Cuyahoga, Mahoning and
STATE STATUS: 1980 to present: Presumed Extirpated.
HABITAT: Moist open situations, often in sandy soil; open
woods, clearings, pastures, fields.
HAZARDS: Overshading by woody species as a result of
succession; mowing, grazing.
RECOVERY POTENTIAL: Presumed good due to its variety of
habitats and apparent tolerance of disturbance.
INVENTORY GUIDELINES: Collect complete, mature flowering or
COMMENTS: This taxon is referred to as Gnaphalium
macounii in much of the botanical literature, including Fernald (1950) and
Gleason and Cronquist (1991), though not in Fisher (1988). The species should
be sought in disturbed or open sites throughout northern Ohio.
Fernald, M.L. 1950. Gray's Manual of Botany, 8th ed.
Dioscorides Press, Portland, OR. 1632 pp.
Fisher, T.R. 1988. The Dicotyledoneae of Ohio. Part 3.
Asteraceae. Ohio State Univ. Press, Columbus. 280 pp.
Gleason, H.A. and A. Cronquist. 1991. Manual of
vascular plants of northeastern United States and adjacent Canada. New York
Botanical Garden, Bronx, New York. 910 pp.
Division of Natural Areas and Preserves
Ohio Department of Natural Resources
Created: 3/1985 James Burns
Revised: 4/1993 Greg Schneider
Database Code: SPNX.K27