Pityopsis adenolepis

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Common name: Carolina silkgrass [1]

Pityopsis adenolepis
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Photo by John Gwaltney hosted at Southeastern Flora.com
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta - Flowering plants
Class: Magnoliopsida - Dicots
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae
Genus: Pityopsis
Species: P. adenolepis
Binomial name
Pityopsis adenolepis
Natural range of Pityopsis adenolepis from Weakley.[2]

Taxonomic Notes

Synonyms: Pityopsis aspera (Shuttleworth ex Small) Small var. adenolepis (Fernald) Semple & F.D. Bowers; Heterotheca adenolepis (Fernald) H.E. Ahles; Chrysopsis graminifolia (Michaux) Elliott var. aspera (Shuttleworth ex Small) A. Gray; P. adenolepis (Fernald) Semple; Pityopsis aspera; Heterotheca adenolepis (Fernald) H.E. Ahles; Heterotheca aspera (Shuttleworth ex Small) Shinners

Varieties: none


P. adenolepis is a perennial forb/herb of the Asteraceae family native to North America.[1]


P. adenolepis is found in the southeastern corner of the United States from Mississippi to Virginia.[1]



P. adenolepis proliferates in dry woodlands, forests, and disturbed places.[3]

Specimens have been collected from pine wiregrass woods, longleaf pine sand ridge, open pine woods, hardwood hammock, upland slope, scrub oak barrens, old field, dry soil regions, open red clay bank, chestnut oak woods, and the edge of gum swamp.[4]

Fire ecology

Populations of Pityopsis adenolepis have been known to persist through repeated annual burning.[5] !--Common herbivores, granivory, insect hosting, poisonous chemicals, allelopathy, etc-->

Conservation, cultivation, and restoration

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References and notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 USDA Plant Database https://plants.usda.gov/core/profile?symbol=PIASA
  2. Weakley, Alan S. 2015. Flora of the Southern and Mid-Atlantic States: Working Draft of 21 May 2015. University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, North Carolina. 1320 pp.
  3. Weakley, A. S. (2015). Flora of the Southern and Mid-Atlantic States. Chapel Hill, NC, University of North Carolina Herbarium.
  4. URL: http://herbarium.bio.fsu.edu. Last accessed: June 2018. Collectors: John B. Nelson, R.K. Godfrey, John Morrill, Loran C. Anderson, Douglas E. Kennemore, R. Komarek, Kevin Oakes, R.Kral, Bruce Hansen, JoAnn Hansen, Lloyd H. Shinners, Kurt E. Blum, Sideny McDaniel, Richard Houk, H.E. Grelen, Paul Redfearn Jr., Gary Knight, John Nelson, Jean Wooten, Richard Mitchell, A. Dobay, Krista Heine, Wilbur H. Duncan, Batson, John Beaman, William B. Fox, A.B. Seymour, Samuel B. Jones, C. Ritchie Bell, Angus Gholson, W.J. Dress, R.V. Moran, Cindi Stewart, MacClendons. States and counties: Florida (Leon, Union, Madison, Wakulla, Franklin, Walton, Escambia, Washington, Okaloosa, Gadsden, Holmes, Santa Rosa, Bay, Liberty, Jefferson, Jackson, Gulf Georgia (Decatur, Thomas, Baker, Grady, Clayton, Macon, Bartow, Bulloch, Geneva, Taylor, Upson, Houston) Mississippi (Lamar, Forrest, Harrison) South Carolina (Chester) North Carolina (Johnston, Richmond, Wake, Surry, Burke, Gaston, Allegheny, Rutherford, McDowell, Moore)Virginia (Brunswick) Alabama (Lee, Geneva, Baldwin, Barbour, Mobile, Covington)
  5. Platt, W.J., R. Carter, G. Nelson, W. Baker, S. Hermann, J. Kane, L. Anderson, M. Smith, K. Robertson. 2021. Unpublished species list of Wade Tract old-growth longleaf pi ne savanna, Thomasville, Georgia.