Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Orange Hawkweed - Pilosella aurantiaca   (L.) F. Schultz & Schultz Bipontinus
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Author(L.) F. Schultz & Schultz Bipontinus
DistributionMountains primarily; disjunct to Guilford County in the Piedmont. However, neither of the 2 Guilford specimens say whether cultivated or escaped; they were collected in 1927. In the Mountains, first collected in 1935 at Bunches Bald on the Jackson/Swain County line; then in 1937 on Soco Bald in Swain County. The most recent collection is 1978 in Great Smoky Mountains NP. Nonetheless, it is presumed to still be present in the higher elevations of the mountains.

Native of Europe; in N.A. southern Canada south to FL, AR, CO, CA.
AbundanceVery rare.
HabitatMontane balds, montane gaps, campground.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting May-August.
IdentificationOrange Hawkweed is one of the most striking of plants, especially when numerous. The brilliant burnt orange rays contrast with the blackish hairs of the stem and involucres. The leaves are in a basal rosette, seldom with a stem leaf. Our other exotic and native hawkweeds (mainly Pilosella and Hieracium) have yellow to golden-yellow rays.
Taxonomic CommentsFormerly named as Hieracium aurantiacum.

Other Common Name(s)Devil's Paintbrush, Fox-and-cubs
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