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Sericocarpus asteroides

Sericocarpus asteroides (L.) Britton Sterns & Poggenb.

Aster asteroides (L.) MacMill.

Aster paternus Cronquist

Conyza asteroides L.

Toothed White-topped Aster

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassAsteridaeA large class that encompasses asters
OrderAsteralesFlowering plants with a central disk flower and surrounding petals, like daisies
FamilyAsteraceaeThe aster family, which also includes daisies and sunflowers; from the Greek ἀστήρ, “star,” for the star-shaped flowers
GenusSericocarpusFrom the Greek serikos, “silky,” and karpos, “fruit”
SpeciesasteroidesResembling the aster

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The toothed white-topped aster is a North American native.

Identification: As asters go (there are zillions of different kinds), these are sort of disheveled-looking, at least the ones I’ve seen. I don’t mean to pick on them, but they are easy to overlook at first. Toothed white-topped asters are 6-26" (14-65 cm) tall, with stems covered with soft, downy hairs. Leaves are roughly oval-shaped, smooth-edged toward the bottom, rounded toward the tip of each leaf. Each flower consists of a central disk flower that is off-white, and four to eight white petals that form the ray flower. Flowerheads are ½" (1.3 cm) across, occurring in small clusters. They flower between June and October.

Online References:

Sericocarpus asteroides on North Carolina Wildflowers, Shrubs, & Trees, by Jeff Pippen

Sericocarpus asteroides at Maine.gov’s Department of Conservation Maine Natural Areas Program

Sericocarpus asteroides on the Connecticut Botanical Society's Connecticut wildflowers site

Sericocarpus asteroides on Discover Life

Sericocarpus asteroides on SEINet—the Southwest Environmental Information Network

Sericocarpus asteroides on eFloras

References:

Newcomb, Lawrence, Morrison, Gordon (Illus.), Newcomb’s Wildflower Guide, Little, Brown and Company, 1977, p. 210

Peterson, Roger Tory, McKenny, Margaret, Peterson Field Guides: A Field Guide to Wildflowers of Northeastern and North Central North America, Houghton Mifflin, 1968, p. 94

Sericocarpus asteroides (Toothed White-topped Aster)

7/31/2012 · Bemis Rd Conservation Area, Pepperell, MA
≈ 3½ × 4" (9.6 × 11 cm) ID is uncertain

Sericocarpus asteroides (Toothed White-topped Aster)

7/31/2012 · Bemis Rd Conservation Area, Pepperell, MA
≈ 4½ × 6" (12 × 16 cm) ID is uncertain

Sericocarpus asteroides description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 16 Aug 2013.

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Sericocarpus asteroides (Toothed White-topped Aster)

7/31/2012 · Bemis Rd Conservation Area, Pepperell, MA
≈ 7 × 4½" (17 × 11 cm) ID is uncertain

Sericocarpus asteroides (Toothed White-topped Aster)

7/31/2012 · Bemis Rd Conservation Area, Pepperell, MA
≈ 4½ × 6" (11 × 15 cm) ID is uncertain

Sericocarpus asteroides (Toothed White-topped Aster)

7/31/2012 · Bemis Rd Conservation Area, Pepperell, MA
≈ 7 × 11" (18 × 27 cm) ID is uncertain

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