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Helianthus occidentalis ssp. occidentalis [=Helianthus occidentalis var. dowellianus]

Fewleaf Sunflower, Naked-stem Sunflower

Scientific Name:

Helianthus occidentalis ssp. occidentalis [=Helianthus occidentalis var. dowellianus]

Genus:

Helianthus

Species Epithet:

occidentalis

Common Name:

Fewleaf Sunflower, Naked-stem Sunflower

Plant Type

Herb/Wildflower

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

1-3 ft., 3-6 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

Yellow

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Dry, Moist

Bloom Time:

July, August, September, October

Growing Area:

Mountains

Habitat Description:

Rocky or sandy flood-scoured riversides, dry hammocks. Mountains only. Specimens are known from 2 counties: Buncombe Co., “banks of the French Broad River near Biltmore” and Macon Co., “near Franklin” and “roadside, 7 miles north of Franklin.” Long historical in NC, such that the NCNHP has considered it as extirpated (SX). It is State-listed as Special Concern - Historical.

Leaf Arrangement:

Opposite

Leaf Retention:

Nothing Specified

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Important for Wildlife

Landscape Value:

Not Assigned

State Rank:

SX: Presumed Extirpated (*Key)

Global Rank:

G_T_: Subspecies or Variety Rank (add status to NOTES section) (*Key)

State Status:

SC-H: Special Concern: Historical (*Key)

Notes:

Global rank G5T5

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Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record



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