Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Spoon-shaped Barbara's-buttons + - Marshallia obovata var. scaposa   Channel
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DistributionCoastal Plain, Sandhills, and lowermost Piedmont. Specimens from the Piedmont need careful vetting.

Coastal Plain, NC to northwestern FL and southeastern AL.
AbundanceUncommon to locally common. Tends to form patches from slender horizontal rhizomes.
HabitatDry to mesic or seasonally moist Longleaf Pine-Wiregrass flats, pea swales, slopes, and savannas. Very much adapted to recurring fire.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting late April-May.
IdentificationThis variety and the previous 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, 1-5 in number, all below midstem. Var. obovata is very similar but has 3-10 leaves which extend up to mid-stem (or a bit higher).
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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B.A. SorrieSame data. RichmondPhoto_natural
B.A. SorrieSandhills Game Land, Bagget Lake Lane, May 2010. RichmondPhoto_natural
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