Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Narrowleaf Purple Everlasting - Gamochaeta calviceps   (Fernald) Cabrera
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Author(Fernald) Cabrera
DistributionCoastal Plain, Sandhills, and parts of the eastern and central Piedmont and southern Mountains. Apparent gaps will likely be filled with additional collecting, though seemingly absent in the central and northern Mountains.

VA to AR and OK, south to FL and TX; S.A.
AbundanceFairly common to common in the southern half of the Coastal Plain and Sandhills. Apparently fairly common if not more numerous in the northern half of the region. Seemingly rare to uncommon in the eastern and central Piedmont, plus the southern Mountains.
HabitatDry sandy soil of clearings, roadsides, old fields.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting early April - early July.
IdentificationNarrowleaf Purple Everlasting is one of several species split off from G. purpurea. G. pensylvanica, antillana, and calviceps all have leaves that are roughly 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 the others). G. antillana differs by its shorter involucre (overlapping bracts at base and sides of each head) that is 2.5-3 mm long vs. 3-3.5 mm long; also, the involucre is seated in very dense, woolly hairs (vs. sparse to moderate).
Taxonomic CommentsFormerly treated as part of Gnaphalium falcatum and G. calviceps.

Other Common Name(s)Silky Cudweed
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