Silphium asteriscus L. var. latifolium (Gray) Clevinger

Locations ofSilphium asteriscus L. var. latifolium (Gray) Clevinger in Virginia

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Botanical Name
Silphium asteriscus L. var. latifolium (Gray) Clevinger
Common Name
Broad-leaved Rosin Weed
Silphium trifoliatum L. var. latifolium A. Gray
Flora of Virginia Name/Status
Silphium asteriscus L.
Formerly treated as a variety of Silphium trifoliatum; new combinations are made in Novon 14:275-277 (2004). Map incomplete; many Virginia specimens have not been determined to variety. However, recent field experience has shown that the characters defining the vars. of this species are often not well correlated, and that individual plants with differing characters (e.g., leaves whorled and leaves opposite) can occur in the same populations. Further study is warranted.
As a whole, the species inhabits dry-mesic to dry (occasionally mesic) open forests, woodlands, barrens, riverside prairies, clearings, old fields, meadows, and road banks; it is especially common in base-rich soils. The species is frequent in the mountains and Piedmont, infrequent in the Coastal Plain. Specific habitats and distribution data for var. latifolium are sketchy at present, but it appears to be much less common than var. trifoliatum.
Native Status

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