Symphyotrichum undulatum

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

Common name: Wavyleaf aster

Taxonomic notes

Synonyms: Aster undulatus Linnaeus; A. undulatus var. loriformis E.S. Burgess; A. undulatus var. diversifolius (Michaux) A. Gray; A. asperifolius E.S. Burgess; A. linguiformis E.S. Burgess; A. loriformis (E.S. Burgess) E.S. Burgess; A. mohrii E.S. Burgess; A. claviger E.S. Burgess; A. corrigiatus E.S. Burgess; A. gracilescens E.S. Burgess; A. proteus E.S. Burgess; A. sylvestris E.S. Burgess; A. triangularis (E.S. Burgess) E.S. Burgess; A. truellius E.S. Burgess; A. undulatus; A. undulatus Linnaeus var. asperulus (Torrey & A. Gray) Wood.[1]


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




In the Coastal Plain in Florida, S. undulatum can be found in upland oak-hickory woods, limestone glades, and along pine-oak woodlands.[2]

S. undulatum has shown resistance to regrowth in reestablished longleaf pine woodlands that were disturbed by agriculture in South Carolina coastal plain communities, making it an indicator species for remnant woodlands.[3]

Associated species include Pinus, Quercus, and Carya.[2]


It has been observed flowering in January, October and November.[2][4]

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References and notes

  1. Weakley, A.S. 2015. Flora of the southern and mid-atlantic states. Working Draf of 21 May 2015. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 Florida State University Robert K. Godfrey Herbarium database. URL: Last accessed: July 2015. Collectors: Loran C. Anderson, Wilson Baker, Robert K. Godfrey, Ann F. Johnson. States and Counties: Florida: Gadsden, Jackson, Jefferson. Compiled by Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy.
  3. Brudvig, L.A., E Grman, C.W. Habeck, and J.A. Ledvina. (2013). Strong legacy of agricultural land use on soils and understory plant communities in longleaf pine woodlands. Forest Ecology and Management 310: 944-955.
  4. Nelson, G. PanFlora: Plant data for the eastern United States with emphasis on the Southeastern Coastal Plains, Florida, and the Florida Panhandle. Accessed: 19 MAY 2021