Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Annual Trampweed - Facelis retusa   (Lamarck) Schultz Bipontinus
Members of Asteraceae:
Only member of Facelis in NC.
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Author(Lamarck) Schultz Bipontinus
DistributionRecorded from the Piedmont, Sandhills, and Coastal Plain. First collected in 1955 in a new lawn in Richmond County.

Native of southern South America; in N.A. VA to FL, TX, and KS.
AbundanceUncommon in general, but locally frequent, such as in the Sandhills and southern Piedmont. Rare on the Outer Banks. Appears to be spreading in the Sandhills region, at least.
HabitatDry sandy roadsides, gravel driveways, lawn weed, campus weed, cropfields, rocky river bluff (Stanly Co.).
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting April-June.
IdentificationTrampweed's gestalt suggests some sort of cudweed (Pseudognaphalium), due to the white or silvery, cobwebby hairs on the stems and foliage. The leaves, however, are distinctive: oblanceolate or spatulate and tapering to the base. They are crowded on the stems. The flower heads are similar to cudweeds, but are narrower and taper upward.
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Global RankGNR
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B.A. SorrieSame place, 10 May 2023. MoorePhoto_non_natural
B.A. SorrieGravel driveway, Whispering Pines, 3 May 2023. MoorePhoto_non_natural
Larry Chengeneral vicinity of Elizabeth City PasquotankPhoto_non_natural
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