Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Delicate Everlasting - Gamochaeta antillana   (Urban) Anderberg
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Author(Urban) Anderberg
DistributionSouthern Coastal Plain. Likely to be found elsewhere as botanists learn to recognize it, as it is a split of the widespread G. purpurea.

VA to southern FL and west to TX and AR; Cuba, S.A.
AbundanceVery poorly known, and certainly highly overlooked, and thus just 3 county records should not imply rarity or a restricted range in the Coastal Plain. Perhaps uncommon to locally common, but this may be a complete guess. However, as Weakley's (2020) map shows it as found only in the Coastal Plain and "rare", the editors suggest a State Rank of [S2?] for now. As a result of so little information, the website editors suggest it be placed on the Watch List.
HabitatDry sandy soil of clearings, roadsides, old fields. Such habitats are abundant in eastern NC, and thus there is little reason for a restricted range.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting April - early June.
IdentificationDelicate Everlasting is one of several species split off from G. purpurea. G. pensylvanica, antillana, and calviceps all have leaves that are approximately the same color on both sides, due to dense whitish hairs. G. pensylvanica differs by its wider basal leaves (see Weakley 2018) and spatulate bracts among the inflorescence (vs. linear or slightly wider in G. antillana). G. calviceps differs by its longer involucre (overlapping bracts at the base and sides of each head) that is 3-3.5 mm long vs. 2.5-3 mm long; also, the involucre is seated in sparse to moderate, woolly hairs (vs. very dense).
Taxonomic CommentsFormerly treated as part of Gnaphalium falcatum or G. purpureum var. falcatum.

Other Common Name(s)Caribbean Everlasting, Caribbean Purple Everlasting
State Rank[S2?]
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State Status[W7]
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