Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Spoon-shaped Barbara's-buttons + - Marshallia obovata var. obovata   (Walter) Beadle & Boynton
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Author(Walter) Beadle & Boynton
DistributionMid and lower Piedmont only. No records from the Sandhills proper.

Mostly Piedmont, VA and TN south to GA and AL.
AbundanceUncommon to common. Tends to form patches from slender horizontal rhizomes.
HabitatDry to moist or clayey soil of pine-deciduous woodlands, openings, roadsides, powerlines.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting late April-early June.
IdentificationThis species and the next have strictly white heads that grow singly atop short stems (mostly 6 inches to a foot, max 2 feet). Leaves are lance-shaped but broadest towards the tip, 3-10 in number, and extend up to mid-stem (or a bit higher). Var. scaposa is very similar, but has only 1-5 leaves, all below midstem.
Taxonomic CommentsThe two varieties of this species are likely to be elevated to species rank in the near future.

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State RankS3
Global RankG4G5T3T5
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