OF THE CAROLINAS & GEORGIA

Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Campanulids: Asterales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA OF THE SOUTHEASTERN US (4/24/22):
Ampelaster carolinianus   FAMILY Asteraceae   Go to FSUS key


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Ampelaster carolinianus   FAMILY Asteraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America

Ampelaster carolinianus

SYNONYMOUS WITH The Biota of North America Program. BONAP (Kartesz, 2015)

Ampelaster carolinianus

SYNONYMOUS WITH Guide to the Vascular Plants of Florida (Wunderlin & Hansen, 2003)

Symphyotrichum carolinianum

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 179-47-026:

Aster carolinianus   FAMILY Asteraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)

Aster carolinianus

 

COMMON NAME:
Climbing Aster


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image of Ampelaster carolinianus, Climbing Aster

JK Marlow    jkm201023_7905

October    Greenville County    SC

Lichtenfelt Nursery

image of Ampelaster carolinianus, Climbing Aster

JK Marlow    jkm201023_7906

October    Greenville County    SC

Lichtenfelt Nursery

Leaves lance-shaped, clasping at base, 1.5-4" long, typically < 1.25" wide, per Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers (Nelson, 2006).

image of Ampelaster carolinianus, Climbing Aster

JK Marlow    jkm201023_7907

October    Greenville County    SC

Lichtenfelt Nursery

Involucral bracts whitish, green with dark green foliaceous apices, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968).


click here to see other plants that look similar to this COMPARE involucral bracts of North American asters

image of Ampelaster carolinianus, Climbing Aster

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_a_carolinianus_1

November    Catawba County    NC

In cultivation

Woody stems and a sprawling habit, per Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers (Nelson, 2006).

image of Ampelaster carolinianus, Climbing Aster

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_a_carolinianus_1b

November    Catawba County    NC

In cultivation

image of Ampelaster carolinianus, Climbing Aster

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_a_carolinianus_3

November    Catawba County    NC

In cultivation

50-70 rays per head. Disc flowers yellow, turning red presumably after pollination, per Wild Flowers of NC, 2nd edition (Justice, Bell, & Lindsey, 2005).

image of Ampelaster carolinianus, Climbing Aster

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_a_carolinianus_4

November    Catawba County    NC

In cultivation

image of Ampelaster carolinianus, Climbing Aster

Eric Ungberg    ung_20221211_190055742

December        NC

in cultivation

Leaves with clasping bases [note auricles], elliptical to lance-shaped, rough on both surfaces, per Wildflowers of the Atlantic Southeast (Cotterman, Waitt, & Weakley, 2019).

image of Ampelaster carolinianus, Climbing Aster

Eric Ungberg    ung_20221211_190109738

December        NC

in cultivation

image of Ampelaster carolinianus, Climbing Aster

Eric Ungberg    ung_20221211_190114902

December        NC

in cultivation

Narrow green and white bracts surround the cylindrical base of each head, per Wildflowers of the Atlantic Southeast (Cotterman, Waitt, & Weakley, 2019).

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA OF THE SOUTHEASTERN US (4/24/22):
Ampelaster carolinianus   FAMILY Asteraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Ampelaster carolinianus   FAMILY Asteraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Ampelaster carolinianus

SYNONYMOUS WITH The Biota of North America Program. BONAP (Kartesz, 2015)
Ampelaster carolinianus

SYNONYMOUS WITH Guide to the Vascular Plants of Florida (Wunderlin & Hansen, 2003)
Symphyotrichum carolinianum

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 179-47-026:
Aster carolinianus   FAMILY Asteraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Aster carolinianus

 

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2641

Shrub; Woody vine
Perennial

Habitat: swamps, thickets, marshes, streambanks, freshwater tidal marshes and swamps, per Weakley's Flora

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Rare (historically in NC, but not recently seen)

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LEAVES:
Deciduous to evergreen by production of new growth
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Rays: Purplish-blue
Disc: Yellow becoming rose-purple
Disc flowers bisexual & fertile/ Ray flowers pistillate & fertile
Flower heads with 50-70 ray flowers
Inferior ovary

Flower heads in many-headed panicles

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Brown
Achene

 

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