|Photo by Bobby Hattaway, Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants|
|Division:||Magnoliophyta - Flowering plants|
|Class:||Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons|
|Family:||Asteraceae ⁄ Compositae|
| Chrysopsis highlandsensis|
DeLaney & Wunderlin
|Natural range of Chrysopsis highlandsensis from Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants.|
Common name: Highlands goldenaster
C. highlandsensis is a perennial species with a short taproot and a basal rosette that shoots up a lanate flowering stem.
It is endemic to central peninsular Florida.
C. highlandsensis is endemic to the Lake Wales Ridge and is found in sandpine scrubs, scrubby flatwoods, and turkey oak/longleaf communities. It has been found in historically and chronically disturbed habitats  and has observed to have a high survival rate after hurricanes. Associated species include Lechea cernua, Polygonella basiramia, Selaginella arenicola, and Liatris tenuifolia.
It is a semelparous species, usually flowering the third year of life. Yellow composite flowers appear November and December.
The fruit is a composite achene with a pappus modified for wind dispersal.
Seed bank and germination
The following Hymenoptera families and species were observed visiting flowers of Chrysopsis highlandsensis at Archbold Biological Station:
Andrenidae: Andrena fulvipennis
Apidae: Bombus impatiens
Halictidae: Agapostemon splendens, Lasioglossum miniatulus, Lasioglossum nymphalis
Megachilidae: Megachile brevis pseudobrevis, Megachile mendica
Conservation and management
Global Conservation Status: G2.
Cultivation and restoration
References and notes
- [Archbold Biological Station]Accessed: December 4, 2015
- Weakley, Alan S. Flora of the Southern and Mid-Atlantic States: Working Draft of 21 May 2015. University of North Carolina Herbarium (NCU). PDF. 1102.
- [University of Florida Herbarium]Accessed: December 4, 2015
- Menges, E. S., C. W. Weekley, et al. (2011). "Effects of Hurricanes on Rare Plant Demography in Fire-Controlled Ecosystems." Biotropica 43(4): 450-458.
- [Dave's Garden]Accessed: December 4, 2015
- Deyrup, M.A. 2015. Database of observations of Hymenoptera visitations to flowering plants on Archbold Biological Station, Florida, USA.
- [NatureServe]Accessed: December 4, 2015