Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Mountain Wood-aster - Eurybia chlorolepis   (E.S. Burgess) Nesom
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Author(E.S. Burgess) Nesom
DistributionMountains only.

Western VA and WV, south to northwestern SC and northern GA.
AbundanceFairly common to frequent, and locally common, but only at middle and higher elevations.
HabitatNorthern hardwood forests, spruce-fir forests; at middle to high elevations.
See also Habitat Account for General High Elevation Forests
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting August-October.
IdentificationThe genus Eurybia has been split from Aster (now Symphyotrichum). Variation among species of each genus requires several steps in a key to split members of the two genera apart (see genus key in Weakley 2018).

Mountain Wood-aster is closely related to White Wood-aster (E. divaricata) and both have taper-pointed, heart-shaped leaves with long stalks and long white ray florets. Mountain Wood-aster has longer rays (10-20 mm long vs. a maximum of 15 mm long) and the involucre (comprised of the bracts of the flower head) is 7-10 mm long (vs. less than 7 mm long).
Taxonomic CommentsBy some authors treated as a variety of E. divaricata.

Other Common Name(s)Blue Ridge White Heartleaf Aster, Appalachian Heartleaf Aster, Mountain Aster
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