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. Today it can be seen in several locations along US 1 in Richmond 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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B.A. SorrieRoadside, US 1, Marston, Sept 2014. RichmondPhoto_non_natural

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