Symphyotrichum adnatum

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Symphyotrichum adnatum
Symphyotrichum adnatum Gil.jpg
Photo taken by Gil Nelson
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class: Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Order: Asterales
Family: Asteraceae ⁄ Compositae
Genus: Symphyotrichum
Species: S. adnatum
Binomial name
Symphyotrichum adnatum
(Nutt.) G.L. Nesom
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Natural range of Symphyotrichum adnatum from USDA NRCS Plants Database.

Common name: Scaleleaf aster

Taxonomic notes

Synonym: Aster adnatus Nuttall


A description of Symphyotrichum adnatum is provided in The Flora of North America.




In the Coastal Plain in Florida and Georgia, S. adnatum can be found in longleaf pine savannas, pine flatwood communities, annually burned pinelands, slash pine plantations, and open mixed woodlands. [1] It is restricted to native groundcover with a statistical affinity in upland pinlands of South Georgia. [2] Soil types include loamy sand and sand. [1] Associated species include Euthamia minor, Andropogon virginicus, Eupatorium compositifolium, Gnaphalium obtusifolium, Chamaecrista fasciculata, Chrysopsis mariana, Diodia teres, Sericocarpus tortifolius, Aristida, Ctenium, and Sporobolus. [1]


It has been observed to flower and fruit November and December. [1]

Seed dispersal

This species is thought to be dispersed by wind. [3]

Conservation and management

Cultivation and restoration

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References and notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Florida State University Robert K. Godfrey Herbarium database. URL: Last accessed: July 2015. Collectors: Loran C. Anderson, Robert K. Godfrey, Leon Neel, R. A. Norris, R. Komarek, Kathleen Craddock Burks. States and Counties: Florida: Bay, Leon, Wakulla, Walton. Georgia: Thomas. Compiled by Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy.
  2. Ostertag, T.E., and K.M. Robertson. 2007. A comparison of native versus old-field vegetation in upland pinelands managed with frequent fire, South Georgia, USA. Pages 109–120 in R.E. Masters and K.E.M. Galley (eds.). Proceedings of the 23rd Tall Timbers Fire Ecology Conference: Fire in Grassland and Shrubland Ecosystems.
  3. Kirkman, L. Katherine. Unpublished database of seed dispersal mode of plants found in Coastal Plain longleaf pine-grasslands of the Jones Ecological Research Center, Georgia.