Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Dense Blazing-star - Liatris spicata var. resinosa   (Nuttall) Gaiser
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Author(Nuttall) Gaiser
DistributionCoastal Plain and Sandhills.

Coastal Plain, southern NJ to southern FL and LA.
AbundanceUncommon to common.
HabitatWet Longleaf Pine-Wiregrass savannas and flatwoods, ecotones of pocosins, blackwater streamheads and ecotones.
See also Habitat Account for Wet, Sandy, Fire-maintained Herblands
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting August-September-early October.
IdentificationBlazing-stars typically have single stems, many slender leaves, and a terminal spike-like inflorescencxe of disk florets only. They grow from very hard, roundish, underground corms. Dense Blazing-star grows 2-5 feet tall, 1 stem from a single corm, stems erect, lower leaves lance-shaped, mid and upper leaves abruptly narrower, shorter, and stalkless. Heads are numerous in a dense spike, have 5-8 red-purple florets, and occur all round the stem. Variety spicata differs in having leaves gradually smaller up the stem, usually longer involucral bracts, and usually more florets per head.
Taxonomic CommentsNote that the two varieties of L. spicata do not overlap in NC.

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