Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Pinnate-lobed Brown-eyed Susan - Rudbeckia triloba var. beadlei   (Small) Fernald
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Author(Small) Fernald
DistributionMountains only.

Montane, southwestern VA and eastern KY, south to southwestern NC and eastern TN.
AbundanceNo data.
Habitat"West-facing seepy glade" (Buncombe County), slopes by creeks, rocky slopes and adjacent roadsides. Seepy mafic or limestone cliffs (Weakley 2018).
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting July-October.
IdentificationOur 3 varieties of Brown-eyed Susan grow mostly 2-3 feet tall, with ovate leaves that have toothed margins and that are divided into lobes. Stems are multi-branched, each terminated by a head of yellow (or orange-yellow) rays and a brown disk. Variety beadlei has at least some leaves 5-7 lobed (vs. only 3 lobed in the other varieties).
Taxonomic CommentsThe taxonomic status of the varieties is not yet settled. Some authors lump var. beadlei into the more southern pinnatiloba; others lump it into var. triloba.

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Global RankG5TNR
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