Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Naked Golden-aster - Chrysopsis trichophylla   (Nuttall) Elliott
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Author(Nuttall) Elliott
DistributionRestricted to the southern middle and outer Coastal Plain -- north only to Cumberland and Sampson counties.

Coastal Plain, NC to central FL. Weakley (2018) considers it as "rare" in NC, SC, GA, and northern FL -- the entirety of its range.
AbundanceRare to uncommon, but specific data are scarce, such as population sizes. Weakley (2018) shows it as "rare", but this may be simply that it has been recorded from only 5 counties. The NCNHP's State Rank is S2, and it considers it as a Watch List species. It likely would have a Global Rank of perhaps G3? if NatureServe listed the species in its database.
HabitatXeric to dry Longleaf Pine-oak-Wiregrass woodlands, pine-oak sand ridges.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting September-October.
IdentificationIts growth form is much like that of Cottony Golden-aster (C. gossypina) (which see), but the stems are mostly raised off the ground (vs. creeping for most of their length). It also differs in having leaves and stems glabrate to sparsely cottony (vs. densely cottony) and the bracts of the head are glabrate (vs. cottony).
Taxonomic CommentsThe status of this plant has varied greatly over the years, from totally lumped within C. gossypina to treated as a subspecies (FNA), to a full species (RAB 1968, Cronquist 1980, Weakley 2018). NatureServe lumps it completely within C. gossypina. This taxon was formerly named as Heterotheca trichophylla, as in RAB (1968).

Other Common Name(s)None?
State RankS2
Global RankGNA [G3?]
State StatusW1
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B.A. SorriePender County, 1998, with R. LeBlond. PenderPhoto_natural
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