Campanulastrum americanum (L.) Small

Locations ofCampanulastrum americanum (L.) Small in Virginia

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Botanical Name
Campanulastrum americanum (L.) Small
Common Name
Tall Bellflower
Campanula americana L.
Flora of Virginia Name/Status
Campanula americana L.
Both Shetler and Morin (1986, Ann. Miss. Bot. Gar. 73) and Shulkina et al. (2003, Ann. Miss. Bot. Gar. 90) make a strong case for segregating this species in Small's monotypic genus Campanulastrum. According to the Flora of the Southeastern U.S., "molecular and morphological evidence shows Campanulastrum as more closely related to Triodanis and Legousia than to Campanula s.s., and so needs recognition at genus rank if the course followed in this flora is to be taken (recognizing monophyletic segregate genera, as opposed to expanding Campanula further)."
Moist to dry, rich forests, boulder fields, Coastal Plain shell-marl ravines; most numerous in soils weathered from calcareous or mafic substrates. Frequent in the mountains; infrequent in the inner Piedmont; rare in the outer Piedmont and Coastal Plain.
Native Status

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