Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Oakleaf Fleabane - Erigeron quercifolius   Lamarck
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AuthorLamarck
DistributionMiddle and outer Coastal Plain, including the Outer Banks and other barrier islands. Not found in the Sandhills region.

Southeastern VA to southern FL; Bahamas.
AbundanceUncommon to locally common, more numerous (often common) in southern coastal counties than northward and farther inland.
HabitatDry to moist maritime grasslands, stable dunes, open pine woodlands, roadsides, clearings. This is a species of sandy soil conditions, varying from xeric to mesic.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting April-June.
IdentificationOakleaf Fleabane resembles Philadelphia Fleabane (E. philadelphicus), but is generally smaller in stature and with smaller stem leaves and more sinuous margins on the basal leaves. However, all of these characters overlap. It is best to check length of the ray florets, which are 2.5-6 mm long (vs. 5-10 mm long). The rays vary from lavender to pinkish to white. In general, Philadelphia Fleabane is quite scarce in the Coastal Plain, where the great majority of plants will be Oakleaf Fleabane.
Taxonomic CommentsNone

Other Common Name(s)None
State RankS4
Global RankG5
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