Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Roundleaf Ragwort - Packera obovata   (Muhlenberg ex Willdenow) W.A. Weber & A. Love
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Author(Muhlenberg ex Willdenow) W.A. Weber & A. Love
DistributionMountains and upper Piedmont; disjunct to Caswell County in the northern Piedmont.

VT and Que. to KS, south to northwestern FL and TX. Scarce in the Coastal Plain, and in the Piedmont south of VA.
AbundanceUncommon to locally infrequent in the Mountains and western Piedmont monadnocks; very rare east to Caswell County.
HabitatMesic (rarely dry) to moist rocky woodlands, ledges, cliffs, and nutrient-rich deciduous forests. Prefers middle and higher pH soils, usually found on or near rocks.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting late March-June.
IdentificationRoundleaf Ragwort has basal leaves that are broadly elliptical to obovate (with outer portion broadest), not strongly toothed nor dissected. Plants are rather short, rarely 2 feet tall. Of our ragworts, only P. aurea and P. serpenticola have such broad and uncut basal leaves, but theirs are round in outline and with heart-shaped bases. P. paupercula has much narrower basal leaves (narrowly elliptical).
Taxonomic CommentsFormerly named as Senecio obovatus.

Other Common Name(s)Spoon-leaved Ragwort, Roundleaf Groundsel, Squaw-weed
State RankS3
Global RankG5
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B.A. SorrieSame data. basal leaves. Photo_non_NCPhoto_non_NC
B.A. SorrieMontane northwestern GA, ledgey slope, Apr 2015. Photo_non_NCPhoto_non_NC
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