Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Schweinitz's Ragwort - Packera schweinitziana   (Nuttall) W.A. Weber & A. Love
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Author(Nuttall) W.A. Weber & A. Love
DistributionMountains only, at high elevations. Weakley (2018) lists it from three places on the Roan Massif, plus Snake Mountain, Rich Mountain, and Big Bald.

N.S. to Que, south to NH and NY; disjunct to eastern TN and western NC. It is not known from VA or WV.
AbundanceRare to uncommon at high elevations, but can be quite common at a few locations. The NCNHP database contains 11 records, with over half having excellent viability. It is a State Threatened species.
HabitatMontane grassy balds and grassy, open ridges -- at high elevations.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting May-July.
IdentificationSchweinitz's Ragwort grows to about 2.5 feet tall. Its basal leaves are distinctive: lance-shaped or narrowly ellitpical, with a rather squared off or slightly cordate base and small marginal teeth. The stem leaves are essentially pinnately cut on their lower halves. P. paupercula is similar, but its basal leaves are tapered to the base. Despite relatively few NC locations, where it occurs it can be very numerous, and in full bloom can coat a grassy bald in golden yellow flowers.
Taxonomic CommentsIn older works, treated as Senecio robbinsii.

Other Common Name(s)Schweinitz's Groundsel, New England Ragwort
State RankS2
Global RankG5?
State StatusT
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