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Maryland Golden Aster - Chrysopsis mariana


Family: Asteraceae Aster family Genus Common Name: Goldenaster Native Status: Native
Chrysopsis mariana - Maryland Golden Aster. synonym: Heterotheca mariana
Maryland Golden Aster grows to about 2.5 feet tall. Stem l eaves are alternate, but there may be a basal rosette of petioled leaves. Long hairs on the stems and to an extent on the leaves make the plant quite silky, becoming less so as the plant matures, and is less hairy in the lower part. Blooms mid-summer thru fall. Endangered or Threatened in Pennsylvania and Rhode Island. In Pennsylvania there are only about 10 remaining populations in the very southeastern part of the state.

Found in:
AL, DC, DE, FL, GA, KY, LA, MD, MS, NC, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, TN, TX, VA, WV

Distribution of Chrysopsis mariana in the United States and Canada:
USDA Plants Distribution Map temporarily unavailable.
Blue=Native; Grey=Introduced

Map from USDA Plants Database:
USDA, NRCS. 2009. The PLANTS Database (http://plants.usda.gov, 30 Jul 2014). National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA.

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Site: Walker County, GA Date: 2011-November-06Photographer: Gerald C. Williamson
Nikon D7000
Tamron SP 90MM f/2.8 AF Macro
The bright yellow blossom are an inch or two across, with 13 to 21 ray florets. This one has about 18 on this blossom.
Chrysopsis mariana

Site: Walker County, GA Date: 2011-November-06Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Nikon D7000
Tamron SP 90MM f/2.8 AF Macro
The stem leaves gradually reduce in size up the stem. The upper leaves are much smaller than the very lowest and basal leaves. The stem terminates with a cluster of yellow flowers.
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Chrysopsis mariana

Site: Walker County, GA Date: 2011-November-06Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
Nikon D7000
The upper leaves and stem are quite silky; less so as the plant ages. Most of the stem leaves are sessile, and are entire.
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Chrysopsis mariana

Site: Walker County, GA Date: 2011-November-06Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
The basal and lower stem leaves are petioled and usually oblanceolate. They may be very slightly serrate. They will have long hairs on them, which may disappear as the plant ages.
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Chrysopsis mariana

Site: Walker County, GA Date: 2011-November-06Photographer: Gerald C Williamson
The silky plant can make it difficult to spot a spider's web amongst the leaves.
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Chrysopsis mariana

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All content except USDA Plants Database map Copyright Gerald C. Williamson 2014
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