Ampelaster carolinianus

(Walter) G. L. Nesom

Phytologia 77: 250. 1995.

Common names: Climbing aster
Basionym: Aster carolinianus Walter Fl. Carol., 208. 1788
Synonyms: Aster scandens J. Jacquin ex Sprengel Symphyotrichum carolinianum (Walter) Wunderlin & B. F. Hansen Virgulus carolinianus (Walter) Reveal & Keener
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 20. Treatment on page 460.

Plants deciduous to evergreen by production of new growth, sprawling, climbing over other plants. Stems weak, 5–10 mm diam., branches at right angles. Leaf blades 30–70 × 10–15(–20) mm, reduced distally, membranous, bases auriculate-clasping, apices acuminate. Heads 1–15 per branch. Peduncles 1–4 cm, densely pilose; bracts lanceolate to ovate, 3–10 mm. Ray florets: laminae 9–15(–20) × 1–1.6 mm; style-branch appendages narrowly triangular. Disc florets corollas 6–8 mm, limbs 50–60% corollas, lobes 0.6–1.1 mm, 10–20% corollas. Cypselae usually tan to brown, sometimes mottled purple to black between light colored ribs, 3.5–4.3 mm; pappi shorter than disc corollas. 2n = 18.

Phenology: Flowering peak late fall–winter, year round (Fla).
Habitat: Marshy shores, stream banks, edges of swamps and moist thickets, wet woodlands
Elevation: 0–30 m


Ampelaster carolinianus grows on the outer coastal plain. It is possibly extirpated in North Carolina.

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Lower Taxa

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John C. Semple +
(Walter) G. L. Nesom +
Aster carolinianus +
Climbing aster +
Fla. +, Ga. +, N.C. +  and S.C. +
0–30 m +
Marshy shores, stream banks, edges of swamps and moist thickets, wet woodlands +
Flowering peak late fall–winter, year round (Fla). +
Illustrated +  and Endemic +
Aster scandens +, Symphyotrichum carolinianum +  and Virgulus carolinianus +
Ampelaster carolinianus +
Ampelaster +
species +