Southern Whitetop Aster - Southern Tall Flat-topped Aster
(Aka Pocosin Flattop Aster - Silky Aster - Toothed Whitetop Aster)
Doellingeria Sericocarpoides, Syn: Aster umbellatus Var. brevisquamus Var. latifolius
Asteraceae (Composite Sunflower) Family


Plant is an upright, smooth to slightly hairy perennial with an underground stem from which new growth emerges. Preferred habitat is moist pinelands, margin of swamps and wet depressions and flood plains.

Leaves are alternate on the stem, consisting of one part, nearly clasping, lance-like to widest at the middle, no teeth and no lobes or nearly so, tapering to the tip with sides less than equal, pinched and forming an angle to the left. Leaf base is wedge-shaped.

Flowers are compact at the tip of a flowering stem, symmetrical in shape. Disc flowers are bisexual, yellowish white. Ray flowers are female. Flowers occur at the end of summer and in early autumn.

Fruit is a seed which outer layer is fused to it (achene).

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