Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Soft Golden-aster - Bradburia pilosa   (Nuttall) Semple
Members of Asteraceae:
Only member of Bradburia in NC.
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Author(Nuttall) Semple
DistributionKnown only from the Sandhills and adjacent lower Piedmont. First collected in 1949 SW of Kipling, Harnett County.

Native of MO and KS south to LA and TX. Adventive eastward (VA and KY south to FL and MS).
AbundanceRare to uncommon, but populations are long-persistent. It is increasing slowly, and can be locally common now in the southern part of the Sandhills.
HabitatDry sandy roadsides, military airfields, disturbed oak-pine barrens.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting June-October.
IdentificationSoft Golden-aster is a rather tall and erect plant (2-3 feet) and very leafy. The abundant leaves, essentially all strongly ascending, gradually become smaller up the stem. It has a different gestalt than our other golden-asters and can be identified from a passing car, even without seeing the quite pilose stem and leaves.
Taxonomic CommentsPreviously it had been placed in Chrysopsis and Heterotheca. It is now one of just 2 species in this "new" genus.

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