Oclemena reticulata

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Oclemena reticulata
Ocle reti.jpg
Photo by Betty Wargo, Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta - Flowering plants
Class: Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae ⁄ Compositae
Genus: Oclemena
Species: O. reticulata
Binomial name
Oclemena reticulata
(Pursh) G.L. Nesom
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Natural range of Oclemena reticulata from USDA NRCS Plants Database.

Common name: Pine barren aster[1]

Taxonomic notes

Synonyms: Aster reticulatus Pursh; Doellingeria reticulata (Pursh) Greene.[1]

Varieties: none.[1]


A description of Oclemena reticulata is provided in The Flora of North America.

This species is a North American perennial herb. There are 11-30 leaves per plant that are 10-50 mm wide. The leaves are narrowly elliptic, acute to obtuse at the tip, with a coriaceous texture.[1]

It is distinct from other Oclemena by having tall erect stems, leaves with undulate margins, and late spring blooming.[2]


This plant ranges from South Carolina to Florida and southern Alabama.[2]



O. reticulata can be found in areas that are occasionally inudated during the summer rainy season [3]. In the Coastal Plain in Florida and Georgia, habitats include wet pine flatwoods, pine/saw palmetto flatwoods, oak/palmetto scrubs, boggy wiregrass pine flatwoods, and ecotones between cypress swamps and pine flatwoods.It can be found in disturbed areas such as powerline corridors, cutover wet pinewoods and pasture edges. Soil types include loamy sand, sandy peat, and sandy loam.[4]

O. reticulata does not respond to soil disturbance by clearcutting and chopping in North Florida flatwoods forests.[5]

Associated species include Sphagnum, Pinus serotina, Serenoa repens, Lyonia lucida, Rhynchospora, Cyperus haspan, C. strigosus, Eragrostis atrovirens, Ilex glabra, Lachnanthes caroliniana, Osmunda cinnamomea, Panicum abscisum, Pinus elliottii, Pteridium aquilinum, Rubus argutus, and Smilax laurifolia.[4] [6]


O. reticulata has been observed flowering from late April to early June.[1] It can spread by rhizomes and quickly form extensive colonies[3].

Fire ecology

It has been observed growing in prescribed burned wet flatwoods and a burn zone in mesic flatwoods.[6]

Herbivory and toxicology

Oclemena reticulata has been observed at the Archbold Biological Station to host bees from the Apidae family such as Apis mellifera and leafcutting bees from the Megachille family such as Dianthidium floridiense.[7]

Conservation, cultivation, and restoration

Global status: G4G5

Last Reviewed: May 2, 1988[8].

Cultural use

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References and notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Weakley, A.S. 2015. Flora of the southern and mid-atlantic states. Working Draft of 21 May 2015. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
  2. 2.0 2.1 [[1]] University of Waterloo. Accessed: February 11, 2016
  3. 3.0 3.1 [[2]] Native Florida Wildflowers Accessed February 10, 2016
  4. 4.0 4.1 Florida State University Robert K. Godfrey Herbarium database. URL: http://herbarium.bio.fsu.edu. Last accessed: October 2015. Collectors: Loran C. Anderson, Andre F. Clewell, George R. Cooley, R.F. Doren, Bob Fewster, A. Gholson Jr., R.K. Godfrey, Norlan C. Henderson, S.C. Hood, C. Jackson, Nancy E. Jordan, M. Knott, R. Komarek, Robert Kral, S.W. Leonard, Sidney McDaniel, Marc Minno, Grady W. Reinert, J. Semple, Cecil R. Slaughter, Joe Sparling, L.B. Trott, Kenneth A. Wilson, Carroll E. Wood. States and Counties: Florida: Bradford, Calhoun, Clay, Columbia, Duval, Flagler, Franklin, Gulf, Hamilton, Hardee, Hernando, Highlands, Hillsborough, Holmes, Jackson, Lake, Leon, Liberty, Nassau, Orange, Osceola, Pasco, Pinellas, Polk, Putnam, St. Johns, Taylor, Union, Wakulla, Walton. Georgia: Thomas. Compiled by Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy.
  5. Moore, W.H., B.F. Swindel, and W.S. Terry. (1982). Vegetative Response to Clearcutting and Chopping in a North Florida Flatwoods Forest. Journal of Range Management 35(2):214-218.
  6. 6.0 6.1 University of Florida Herbarium. URL: [3]. Last accessed: February 2016. Collectors: L.M. Baltzell, Edwin L. Bridges, Paul Corogin, Caroline Easley, Doug Goldman, David Hall, Cathleen Kabat, Steven Kabat, M.S. Morris, Kurt M. Neubig, Steve L. Orzell. States and Counties: Florida: Alachua, Brevard, Clay, DeSoto, Hernando, Lake, Manatee, Nassau, Pasco, Polk, Sumter, Union, Volusia. Compiled by Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy.
  7. Deyrup, M.A. and N.D. 2015. Database of observations of Hymenoptera visitations to flowers of plants on Archbold Biological Station, Florida, USA.
  8. [[4]] NatureServe. Accessed February 12, 2016