Sericocarpus tortifolius

Family:ASTERACEAE
Species:Sericocarpus tortifolius (Michaux) Nees
Common Name:Dixie Whitetop Aster; Twisted Whitetop Aster
Habitat:**
Associated Ecological Communities:**
Growth Habit:Herb
Duration:Perennial
Category:Vascular
USDA Symbol:SETO7
Plant Notes:Twisted Whitetop Aster is a native perennial in the Sunflower family (Asteraceae). It is native to the southern two-thirds of Alabama, but is most common in the Coastal Plain. Twisted Whitetop Aster occurs in Longleaf pinelands, in scrub oak woods, and in dry or rocky hardwood or pine forests. It is a perennial with a short woody rhizome or caudex. Stems are from 1-3 feet in height and pubescent. Basal and lower cauline leaves are absent at flowering. Stem leaves are alternate, sessile, obovate in outline, with entire margins. The leaves are pubescent with short white hairs and resinous. Leaves are “twisted” (tortuous) and often have axillary fascicles of small leaves. Flowers are produced in heads. The heads are arranged in corymbs. Each head has 2-5 white ray flowers and 6-11 white disc flowers. The fruit is an achene. Twisted Whitetop Aster is an attractive late-flowering species. It is very drought tolerant. Unfortunately, it is rarely available from native plant nurseries. Plants can be grown from seed. Fresh seed should be dried and stored in the refrigerator for 1-2 months before planting. Seed should be only lightly covered with soil. For many years, this plant was placed in the genus Aster and went by the name Aster tortifolius Michaux. DNA evidence however demonstrated that the Whitetop Asters were in fact more closely related to the Goldenrods (Solidago sp.). The pappus on the fruit is triple, a characteristic shared with some Goldenrods.--A. Diamond
Taxonomic Notes:**
Status:Native
References:**
Specimen: View specimen details in the Alabama Herbarium Consortium Specimen Database

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Classification

FamilyASTERACEAE - Aster family
Genus Sericocarpus
Species Sericocarpus tortifolius (Michaux) Nees - Dixie Whitetop Aster; Twisted Whitetop Aster

Citation

Citation SERICOCARPUS TORTIFOLIUS (Michaux) Nees von Esenbeck, Gen. Sp. Aster. 151. 1832.
Basionym: BASIONYM: Aster tortifolius Michaux 1803.
Type: SOUTH CAROLINA: Without data, Michaux s.n. (holotype: P; isotype: P).

** Not applicable or data not available.

Synonyms

SynonymFull CitationBasionymType
Aster collinsii Aster collinsii Nuttall, J. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philadelphia 7: 82. 1834. FLORIDA: Without data, Ware s.n. (lectotype: BM). Lectotypified by S. F. Blake, Proc. Amer. Acad. Arts 51: 515. 1916.
Aster tortifolius Aster tortifolius Michaux, Fl. Bor.-Amer. 2: 109. 1803. SOUTH CAROLINA: Without data, Michaux s.n. (holotype: P; isotype: P).
Aster bifoliatus Aster bifoliatus (Porter) Ahles, J. Elisha Mitchell Sci. Soc. 80: 173. 1964.Sericocarpus bifoliatus Porter 1894. 
Sericocarpus acutisquamosus Sericocarpus acutisquamosus Small, Fl. S.E. U.S. 1206, 1339. 1903. FLORIDA: Columbia Co.: Lake City, 29-31 Aug 1895, Nash 2486 (holotype: NY).
Sericocarpus bifoliatus var. collinsii Sericocarpus bifoliatus Porter, var. collinsii (Nuttall) S. F. Blake, Proc. Amer. Acad. Arts 51: 515. 1916.Aster collinsii Nuttall 1834. 
Sericocarpus collinsii Sericocarpus collinsii (Nuttall) Nuttall, Trans. Amer. Philos. Soc., ser. 2. 7: 302. 1841.Aster collinsii Nuttall 1834. 
Sericocarpus tortifolius var. collinsii Sericocarpus tortifolius (Michaux) Nees von Esenbeck, var. collinsii (Nuttall) Torrey & A. Gray, Fl. N. Amer. 2: 103. 1841.Aster collinsii Nuttall 1834. 
Sericocarpus bifoliatus Sericocarpus bifoliatus Porter, in Porter & Britton, Mem. Torrey Bot. Club 5: 322. 1894. SOUTH CAROLINA

Specimens and Distribution

This species has been reported in the following counties by the herbaria listed. An overview of the individual specimens are provided in the table that follows. Click on the accession number to view details; click on column headers to sort; choose a county or herbaria to filter the specimen data.

Counties included on distribution map: Autauga, Baldwin, Barbour, Bibb, Bullock, Butler, Clarke, Coffee, Conecuh, Covington, Crenshaw, Escambia, Henry, Houston, Lee, Mobile, Monroe, Montgomery, Perry, Pike, Shelby, Sumter, Tallapoosa, Tuscaloosa, Washington, Wilcox

Counties represented by specimen data listed below:

Herbaria represented by specimen data listed below: AUA, JSU, SAMF, TROY, UNA, USAM, UWAL

Range of years during which specimens were collected: -

Barcode / Accession No. County Coll. Date Collector &
Collection No.
Herbarium &
Herbarium Name Used
Image
UWAL0001009 Covington 25 Oct 2008 Diamond, A.R.
20345
UWAL
Sericocarpus tortifolius (Michx.) Nees
AUA000007250 Montgomery 3 OCT 2004 DIAMOND, JR., ALVIN R.
14775
AUA
SERICOCARPUS TORTIFOLIUS (MICHX.) NEES
TROY000020587 Escambia 19 Sep 2005 Robert Kral
96887
TROY
Sericocarpus tortifolius (Michaux) Nees
TROY000034382 Covington 18 Oct 2009 Brian R. Keener
5646
TROY
Sericocarpus tortifolius (Michaux) Nees
TROY000002733 Escambia 03 Oct 2006 Alvin R. Diamond
17007
TROY
Sericocarpus tortifolius (Michaux) Nees
AUA000007252 Wilcox 10 SEP 1970 MOORE, HAROLD D.
1120
AUA
SERICOCARPUS TORTIFOLIUS (MICHX.) NEES
UNA00045126 Mobile _ Aug 1878 Charles Mohr
s.n.
UNA
Sericocarpus tortifolius (Michx.) Nees
JSU120249 Tuscaloosa 16 Oct 1975 R. D. Whetstone
7199
JSU
Sericocarpus tortifolius (Michaux) Nees
USAM000001775 Baldwin 22 Sep 1980 Michel G. Lelong
11557
USAM
Aster tortifolius Michaux
UNA00053674 Tuscaloosa 23 Sep 1987 Frederick C. Gabrielson
s.n.
UNA
Sericocarpus tortifolius (Michx.) Nees
TROY000015761 Covington 09 Nov 2008 Alvin R. Diamond
20426
TROY
Sericocarpus tortifolius (Michaux) Nees
USAM000001731 Mobile 18 Sep 1967 Michel G. Lelong
3796.2
USAM
Aster bifoliatus (Porter) Ahles
AUA000024976 Escambia 15 AUG 2008 HANSEN, CURTIS J.
3471
AUA
SERICOCARPUS TORTIFOLIUS (MICHX.) NEES
UWAL0000961 Covington 09 Nov 2008 Diamond, A.R.
20426
UWAL
Sericocarpus tortifolius (Michx.) Nees
UWAL0014087 Bullock 12 Oct 2012 Dykes, Bailee
1366
UWAL
Sericocarpus tortifolius (Michaux) Nees
UNA00060352 Bibb 30 Aug 2003 Robert R. Haynes
10426
UNA
Sericocarpus tortifolius (Michx.) Nees
UNA00027488 Lee 10 Oct 1896 Charles Mohr
s.n.
UNA
Sericocarpus tortifolius (Michx.) Nees
TROY000002758 Butler 14 Oct 1978 Robert Kral
63038
TROY
Sericocarpus tortifolius (Michaux) Nees
UNA00060446 Mobile 12 Dec 2002 Tad M. Zebryk
8123
UNA
Sericocarpus tortifolius (Michx.) Nees
TROY000016176 Perry 07 Aug 2003 Alvin R. Diamond
14066
TROY
Sericocarpus tortifolius (Michaux) Nees
AUA000007247 Conecuh 5 NOV 1995 DIAMOND, JR., ALVIN R.
10099
AUA
SERICOCARPUS TORTIFOLIUS (MICHX.) NEES
UNA00066584 Henry 14 Aug 1998 John R. MacDonald
11751
UNA
Sericocarpus tortifolius (Michx.) Nees
TROY000034290 Sumter 27 Sep 2009 Brian R. Keener
5467
TROY
Sericocarpus tortifolius (Michaux) Nees
TROY000001498 Covington 03 Sep 2001 Alvin R. Diamond
12733
TROY
Sericocarpus tortifolius (Michaux) Nees
TROY000001494 Conecuh 12 Sep 2001 Darryl Searcy
s.n.
TROY
Sericocarpus tortifolius (Michaux) Nees
UNA00027489 Autauga 10 Jul 1880 Charles Mohr
s.n.
UNA
Sericocarpus tortifolius (Michx.) Nees
TROY000045608 Autauga 29 Sep 2016 Matthew Parker
134
TROY
Seriocarpus tortifolius (Michaux) Nees
TROY000001496 Conecuh 21 Oct 1995 Alvin R. Diamond
10068
TROY
Sericocarpus tortifolius (Michaux) Nees
JSU120244 Clarke 31 Oct 1997 R. D. Whetstone
18996
JSU
Sericocarpus tortifolius (Michaux) Nees
SAMF0006020 Shelby 30 Sep 2010 Davenport, L. J.
4523
SAMF
Sericocarpus tortifolius (Michaux) Nees
UWAL0000965 Henry 07 Nov 2008 Diamond, A.R.
20409
UWAL
Sericocarpus tortifolius (Michx.) Nees
AUA000029385 Covington 21 OCT 2009 HANSEN, CURTIS J.
4504
AUA
SERICOCARPUS TORTIFOLIUS (MICHX.) NEES
TROY000019682 Henry 07 Nov 2008 Alvin R. Diamond
20409
TROY
Sericocarpus tortifolius (Michaux) Nees
UWAL0000959 Butler 12 Nov 2009 Diamond, A.R.
21115
UWAL
Sericocarpus tortifolius (Michx.) Nees
TROY000015773 Covington 25 Oct 2008 Alvin R. Diamond
20345
TROY
Sericocarpus tortifolius (Michaux) Nees
AUA000007249 Mobile 12 DEC 2002 ZEBRYK, TAD M.
8123
AUA
SERICOCARPUS TORTIFOLIUS (MICHX.) NEES
JSU120247 Monroe 1 Nov 1997 R. D. Whetstone
19091
JSU
Sericocarpus tortifolius (Michaux) Nees
TROY000002734 Lee 25 Oct 2003 Robert Kral
94630
TROY
Sericocarpus tortifolius (Michaux) Nees
TROY000002732 Covington 17 Sep 2005 Alvin R. Diamond
15777
TROY
Sericocarpus tortifolius (Michaux) Nees
JSU120248 Shelby 12 Oct 1996 D. D. Spaulding
9436
JSU
Sericocarpus tortifolius (Michaux) Nees
TROY000016234 Escambia 18 Sep 2008 Alvin R. Diamond
20050
TROY
Sericocarpus tortifolius (Michaux) Nees
AUA000007246 Bibb 30 AUG 2003 HAYNES, ROBERT R.
10426
AUA
SERICOCARPUS TORTIFOLIUS (MICHX.) NEES
TROY000002735 Montgomery 03 Oct 2004 Alvin R. Diamond
14775
TROY
Sericocarpus tortifolius (Michaux) Nees
UWAL0035775 Mobile 24 Jul 2016 Horne, Howard E.
3397
UWAL
Sericocarpus tortifolius (Michaux) Nees
UNA00064416 Montgomery 3 Oct 2004 Alvin R. Diamond
14775
UNA
Sericocarpus tortifolius (Michx.) Nees
UNA00027490 Tallapoosa _ Aug 1877 Charles Mohr
s.n.
UNA
Sericocarpus tortifolius (Michx.) Nees
JSU120245 Monroe 14 Oct 1982 R. D. Whetstone
12814
JSU
Sericocarpus tortifolius (Michaux) Nees
TROY000016175 Bibb 30 Aug 2003 Robert R. Haynes
10426
TROY
Sericocarpus tortifolius (Michaux) Nees
AUA000026991 Baldwin 10 OCT 2007 BARGER, T. WAYNE
PERD-21
AUA
SERICOCARPUS TORTIFOLIUS (MICHX.) NEES
UNA00045125 Lee 18 Oct 1896 F. S. Earle
s.n.
UNA
Sericocarpus tortifolius (Michx.) Nees
TROY000014689 Crenshaw 07 Sep 2008 Alvin R. Diamond
19923
TROY
Sericocarpus tortifolius (Michaux) Nees
AUA000007199 Crenshaw 9 OCT 1988 DIAMOND, JR., ALVIN R.
5581
AUA
SERICOCARPUS TORTIFOLIUS (MICHX.) NEES
UNA00045555 Tuscaloosa 14 Aug 1957 L. F. Coffman
s.n.
UNA
Sericocarpus tortifolius (Michx.) Nees
TROY000030029 Covington 28 Oct 2008 Curtis J. Hansen
3556
TROY
Sericocarpus tortifolius (Michaux) Nees
TROY000002736 Pike 05 Oct 2002 Alvin R. Diamond
13711
TROY
Sericocarpus tortifolius (Michaux) Nees
UWAL0000962 Covington 28 Oct 2008 Hansen, C.J.
3556
UWAL
Sericocarpus tortifolius (Michx.) Nees
UNA00045124 Lee 10 Oct 1896 Charles Mohr
s.n.
UNA
Sericocarpus tortifolius (Michx.) Nees
TROY000002757 Barbour 12 Oct 1978 Robert Kral
62943
TROY
Sericocarpus tortifolius (Michaux) Nees
TROY000002731 Covington 13 Oct 2005 Alvin R. Diamond
15929
TROY
Sericocarpus tortifolius (Michaux) Nees
TROY000016233 Butler 12 Oct 2007 Alvin R. Diamond
18511
TROY
Sericocarpus tortifolius (Michaux) Nees
AUA000024724 Covington 28 OCT 2008 HANSEN, CURTIS J.
3576
AUA
SERICOCARPUS TORTIFOLIUS (MICHX.) NEES
AUA000007248 Escambia 7 OCT 1963 KRAL, ROBERT
33878
AUA
SERICOCARPUS TORTIFOLIUS (MICHX.) NEES
UWAL0000964 Escambia 19 Sep 2005 Kral, R.
96887
UWAL
Sericocarpus tortifolius (Michx.) Nees
UNA00060601 Conecuh 19 Oct 2002 Alvin R. Diamond
13720
UNA
Sericocarpus tortifolius (Michx.) Nees
TROY000001495 Coffee 10 Aug 2000 Brian H. Martin
876
TROY
Sericocarpus tortifolius (Michaux) Nees
UNA00069719 Covington 28 Oct 2008 C. J. Hansen
3576
UNA
Sericocarpus tortifolius (Michx.) Nees
JSU120250 Washington 13 Sep 1997 R. D. Whetstone
18407
JSU
Sericocarpus tortifolius (Michaux) Nees
UWAL0000960 Covington 18 Oct 2009 Keener, Brian R.
5646
UWAL
Sericocarpus tortifolius (Michx.) Nees
UWAL0000966 Sumter 27 Sep 2009 Keener, Brian R.
5467
UWAL
Sericocarpus tortifolius (Michx.) Nees
AUA000007251 Pike 16 SEP 1989 DIAMOND, JR., ALVIN R.
6372
AUA
SERICOCARPUS TORTIFOLIUS (MICHX.) NEES
UWAL0015233 Perry 29 Sep 2013 Keener, Brian R.
8190
UWAL
Sericocarpus tortifolius (Michx.) Nees
AUA000024708 Covington 28 OCT 2008 HANSEN, CURTIS J.
3556
AUA
SERICOCARPUS TORTIFOLIUS (MICHX.) NEES
TROY000041608 Houston 24 Aug 2014 Alvin R. Diamond
25469
TROY
Sericocarpus tortifolius (Michaux) Nees
UWAL0000963 Escambia 16 Oct 2008 Diamond, A.R.
20309
UWAL
Sericocarpus tortifolius (Michx.) Nees
TROY000037481 Bullock 12 Oct 2012 Bailee Dykes
1366
TROY
Sericocarpus tortifolius (Michaux) Nees
TROY000033267 Barbour 27 Aug 2011 Bailee Dykes
56
TROY
Sericocarpus tortifolius (Michaux) Nees
JSU120246 Monroe 1 Nov 1997 R. D. Whetstone
19091
JSU
Sericocarpus tortifolius (Michaux) Nees
TROY000001497 Crenshaw 31 Oct 2003 TeLenna Jones
18
TROY
Sericocarpus tortifolius (Michaux) Nees
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