Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Creeping Spotflower - Acmella repens   (Walter) L.C. Richard
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Author(Walter) L.C. Richard
DistributionSouthern Coastal Plain; disjunct inland to Stanly County. Known so far from the Lumber and Neuse rivers, plus an unnamed wetland in Stanly County.

NC to MO, south to FL and TX; locally in Mex.
AbundanceRare to locally uncommon along the lower Lumber River, but very rare and declining elsewhere. This is a Significantly Rare species.
HabitatRiver banks and adjacent shallow water, roadside openings in swamp forests, ballast ground (Wilmington, New Hanover Co.).
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting July-October.
IdentificationThe species is readily identified by its opposite lanceolate leaves and small heads on long stalks, with yellow ray flowers and dull yellow disk flowers. The riverside habitat also limits the possible yellow-flowered candidates, as does its sprawling habit.
Taxonomic CommentsFor many years treated as Spilanthes americana . A synonym is Acmella oppositifolia var. repens.

Other Common Name(s)Opposite-leaf Spotflower
State RankS1
Global RankG5T5 [G5]
State StatusSR-D
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