Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Mountain Dwarf-dandelion - Krigia montana   (Michaux) Nuttall
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Author(Michaux) Nuttall
DistributionMountains only, at middle to high elevations. May be seen along the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Endemic to the Southern Appalachians of NC, SC, TN, and GA. Not yet found in VA.
AbundanceInfrequent to locally fairly common in the southern mountains, but rare to locally uncommon in the northern half of the mountains. It was formerly tracked as rare by the NCNHP owing to its rather limited global range, but it has since been moved off any monitored list thanks to more exploration of high elevation rocky sites.
HabitatMontane rocky woodlands, balds, cliffs, rock barrens, rocky roadsides, at medium to high elevations. It normally is seen growing in rock crevices.
See also Habitat Account for Montane Rock Barrens
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting May-September.
IdentificationThe species is much like Two-flower Dwarf-dandelion (K. biflora), but the leaves are half as wide and the heads are yellow, not orange-yellow. Normally there is just a single flower per stalk, whereas the other species has 3-5 (to at times 2) flowers per stalk. The other species usually grows in soil of mesic forests, whereas this species normally grows from rock cracks and crevices.
Taxonomic CommentsNone

Other Common Name(s)Mountain Cynthia, Mountain Krigia
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