Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Star Tickseed - Coreopsis pubescens   Elliott
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DistributionMountains and upper Piedmont; disjunct to Brunswick and Jones counties in the lower Coastal Plain.

Southern VA to MO, south to northern FL and western LA. Scarce in the Atlantic Coastal Plain.
AbundanceFairly common to common in the Mountains; rare to uncommon in the western Piedmont, mainly in the foothills. Very rare in the lower Coastal Plain.
HabitatWoodlands, rock outcrops, forest slopes, wooded borders, and meadows.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting July-September.
IdentificationA leafy species, Star Tickseed grows 2-3 feet tall, with 8-11 pairs of leaves, usually pubescent. Some leaves may have a pair of lobes near the base of the blade. Heads are held erect on long stalks, rays yellow and with toothed tips, the disks orange-yellow. Differences between the two varieties in NC are based on amount of pubescence and leaf width; however, judging from the wide overlap in distribution and the difficulty in assigning a specimen to one variety or another, it seems that more research needs to be done.
Taxonomic CommentsWeakley (2018) lists two varieties in the state -- var. pubescens and var. robusta.

For excellent drawings of all species (except those recently described) and range maps (although now out-of-date), see the monograph by Smith (1976).
Other Common Name(s)Hairy Tickseed, Hairy Coreopsis
State RankS4
Global RankG5?
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