Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Opposite-leaf Dwarf-dandelion - Krigia cespitosa   (Rafinesque) K.L. Chambers
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Author(Rafinesque) K.L. Chambers
DistributionCoastal Plain and lower Piedmont; scarce in the southern Mountains. Absent or very scarce in the Sandhills proper.

Southeastern VA to IL and NE, south to central FL and TX.
AbundanceInfrequent to locally fairly common in most of the Coastal Plain, away from the Sandhills and the far eastern counties. Rare to uncommon in the southeastern and far eastern Piedmont, but very rare westward. Apparently absent in most of the mountains and Piedmont. Often forms patches of plants.
HabitatMesic to dry soils of margins of floodplain forests, bottomlands, pine-hardwood woodlands, pastures, roadsides, clearings.
See also Habitat Account for General Successional Fields and Forblands
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting late March - early June.
IdentificationThis small-headed Krigia has well-developed stem leaves (vs. greatly reduced or absent in our other species), which are lance-shaped or narrower. The stem grows only up to 1.5 feet. The whole plant is very "waxy" smooth, essentially glaucescent; some plants can look light bluish-green, whereas other are medium green.
Taxonomic CommentsFormerly known as K. oppositifolia. Note that the stem leaves can be alternate or opposite.

Other Common Name(s)Weedy Dwarf-dandelion
State RankS3? [S4]
Global RankG5
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Bryan EnglandKrigia cespitosa; Wake County; park in north Raleigh; 2 May 2015 WakePhoto_natural
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