Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Rosy Camphorweed - Pluchea baccharis   (P. Miller) Pruski
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Author(P. Miller) Pruski
DistributionSouthern Coastal Plain and Outer Banks; absent from the Sandhills proper. Specimens from Perquimans, Greene, and Johnston counties are misidentified.

NC to southern FL and eastern TX; Mex., Bahamas, Cuba, Central America.
AbundanceUncommon on the landscape (specialized habitat), but individual populations can be large.
HabitatNatural depression ponds and sinkhole ponds, clay-based Carolina bays, wet pine savannas, interdune marshes and pondshores, ditches.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting June-August.
IdentificationCamphorweeds are leafy plants about 2 feet tall with rather flat-topped inflorescences of pink, rosy, or dirty white heads. The vegetation has an unpleasant odor, often described as fetid. Rosy Camphorweed has medium to pale pink heads (of disk florets only) and stalkless to clasping, distinctly glaucescent leaves. Stinking Camphorweed (P. foetida) is very similar in size and shape, but its heads are dirty white and the leaves are dull, dark green. The other two Pluchea species in the state have leaves with petioles or are narrowly cuneate at the base (as opposed to sessile/clasping leaves).
Taxonomic CommentsFormerly treated as P. rosea, but the current name has precedence.

Other Common Name(s)Marsh Fleabane
State RankS2S3
Global RankG4G5
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B.A. SorrieCape Hatteras National Seashore, interdune marsh SW of Buxton, June 2012. DareBILPhoto_natural
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