Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Smallhead Doll's-daisy - Boltonia diffusa   Elliott
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DistributionSo far, recorded only in the Piedmont and Sandhills. First collected in 1950 in an old field in Wake County; then in 1956 in Stanly County. All other collections are from 1993-2021.

Native of the southern U.S., apparently from SC and southern IL south to FL and TX. Adventive in NC and VA.
AbundanceUncommon at the present time, but spreading rather rapidly. It is known from at least 4 sites in Moore County.
HabitatMoist soils of disturbed or cutover floodplains, roadside ditches, powerlines, old fields.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting August-October.
IdentificationThis doll's-daisy can be told by a combination of 2 distinct awns on the seed, slender phyllaries (bracts that surround the head), and skinny, subulate bracts on the inflorescence branches.
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State RankSE?
Global RankG4G5
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B.A. SorrieSame data. RichmondPhoto_non_natural
B.A. SorrieUncommon and local in powerline E of Everett Chappell Road, Richmond Co., Sept 2022. RichmondPhoto_non_natural

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