|Scientific Name||Symphyotrichum subulatum var. ligulatum
(Symphyotrichum divaricatum, Aster subulatus)
|USDA PLANTS Symbol||SYDI2|
|Common Name||Southern Annual Saltmarsh Aster, Hierba del Marrano||ITIS Taxonomic Serial No.||780970|
|Description||Habitat: Moist soils in marshy areas, ditches, swales, roadsides and lawns.
Plant: Colony-forming upright, much-branched annual with smooth, slender, wiry stems; 1-1/2 to 5 ft. tall.
Leaves: Narrow, linear to subulate; lower stem leaves 3/4 to 2 inches long and up to 3/8-inch wide, usually withered by flowering; mid and upper leaves 1/4 to 1 inch long, very thin to 1/5-inch wide and sessile.
Inflorescence: A few to many small white composite flowers in open panicular arrays, each less than 5/8-inch across and with 16 to 30 white to lavender or puplish rays and 4 to 10 yellow disk florets; involucre is cylindrical to turbinate (top-shaped) with slender, pointed phyllaries in a series of 3 to 5, unequal in length, often purple-tinged.
Bloom Period: August to December.
References: Aster subulatus in "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston and "Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country" by Marshall Enquist, Symphyotrichum divaricatum in "Wildflowers of Texas" by Geyata Ajilvsgi and Symphyotrichum subulatum var. ligulatum in Flora of North America.
|BONAP Distribution Map
Symphyotrichum divaricatumMap Color Key
Banner photo of Lupinus ssp. by Rick Capozza, Austin TX
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