Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Woolly Chaffhead - Carphephorus tomentosus   (Michaux) Torrey & A. Gray
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Author(Michaux) Torrey & A. Gray
DistributionCoastal Plain, including the Sandhills; rare on Outer Banks (Roanoke Island) and seemingly absent from the northeastern corner of state (though it does occur in adjacent VA).

Coastal Plain, southeastern VA to southeastern GA.
AbundanceFairly common to locally common in the Longleaf Pine (Pinus palustris) zones, but uncommon or rare away from those zones. Though its range is very similar to that of C. bellidifolius, this species is much less numerous than is that species, and the NCNHP's State Rank of S4 is appropriate.
HabitatMoist to wet Longleaf Pine savannas and flatwoods, pitcher-plant seepages, blackwater streamhead ecotones.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting August-October.
IdentificationStems typically grow 1-2 feet tall, singly or several together, white-hairy below, short-pubescent or glabrate above. Basal and lower stem leaves are erect or ascending, the surfaces with tiny yellow resin dots. The inflorescence occupies the upper quarter of the stem with alternate branches forming an open array. Branches are tipped with pink to red-purple heads with prominent long styles. Trilisa paniculata is similar, but the inflorescence has very short branches and appears spike-like as opposed to a more flat-topped or rounded inflorescence in Carphephorus.
Taxonomic CommentsThe type location is Fayetteville, Cumberland County.

Other Common Name(s)Carolina Chaffhead
State RankS4
Global RankG4
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B.A. SorrieCamp Lejeune, moist longleaf savanna, Sept 2016. OnslowPhoto_natural
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