Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Early Whitetop Fleabane - Erigeron vernus   (L.) Torrey & A. Gray
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Author(L.) Torrey & A. Gray
DistributionCoastal Plain and Sandhills; rare on the Outer Banks (Roanoke Island only). Absent from the northern Coastal Plain. Could occur in the northern counties, as it is known from several southeastern VA counties. Very rare in the Piedmont, at Pee Dee NWR in a unique flatwoods-like site.

Southeastern VA to southern FL and LA.
AbundanceFairly common to locally common in the southern half of the Coastal Plain and Sandhills. Infrequent in the central counties.
HabitatThis is a wetland species; moist to wet Longleaf Pine-Wiregrass savannas and flatwoods, blackwater streamhead ecotones, pitcher-plant seepage bogs, and other sites with moist acidic soils.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting Late March-June.
IdentificationEarly Whitetop Fleabane grows from a rosette of thick-textured, dark green, obovate basal leaves. Stems grow mostly 8 inches to 1.5 feet tall, and stem leaves are few and very small, giving the plant a "naked stem" look. Heads are rather large for a fleabane, with numerous long and broad white rays and dull yellow disks. Small rosettes can look somewhat like those of Venus Flytrap (Dionaea muscipula) at first glance!
Taxonomic CommentsNone

Other Common Name(s)Whitetop Fleabane
State RankS5
Global RankG5
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B.A. SorrieSame data; basal leaves. ScotlandPhoto_natural
B.A. SorrieSandhills Game Land, ecotone of streamhead, early May 2018. ScotlandPhoto_natural
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