Doellingeria sericocarpoides


Bull. Torrey Bot. Club. 25: 620. 1898.

Common names: Southern tall flat-topped or southern whitetop aster
Synonyms: Aster sericocarpoides (Small) K. Schumann Aster umbellatus var. brevisquamus Fernald Aster umbellatus var. latifolius A. Gray Doellingeria umbellata var. latifolia (A. Gray) House
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 20. Treatment on page 45. Mentioned on page 44.

Plants 50–150 cm (short- to long-rhizomatous). Stems usually 1, ascending to erect, striate, glabrous proximal to heads. Cauline leaves: mid and distal crowded, blades lanceolate (proximal) to ovate (distal), 30–110 × 15–40 mm, reduced distally, stiff, bases cuneate, margins involute to weakly revolute, finely ciliate, apices acuminate, faces glabrous or sparsely hairy. Heads (8–) 30–130(–200). Peduncles 1–10 mm, sparsely to moderately canescent; bracts linear-lanceolate to broadly lanceolate. Involucres 3.2–6 mm. Phyllaries in 3–4 series, midveins often swollen, translucent apically, apices broadly rounded, glabrate. Rays 2–7; laminae (6–)8–12(–14.5) × 1–3 mm. Disc florets 4–13(–20); corollas 4–7 mm, lobes 2–4.2 mm, 60–75% of limbs. Cypselae 1.5–3.7 mm, 6–8-ribbed, sparsely strigose; pappi: outer 0.4–1.1 mm, inner 4–7 mm. 2n = 18.

Phenology: Flowering fall.
Habitat: Bogs, wet thickets and woods, coastal plain
Elevation: 10–200 m



Ala., Del., Fla., Ga., Md., N.J., N.C., Okla., S.C., Tex., Va.


Doellingeria sericocarpoides is uncommon in eastern Texas and southeastern Oklahoma.

Selected References


Lower Taxa

John C. Semple +  and Jerry G. Chmielewski +
Southern tall flat-topped or southern whitetop aster +
Ala. +, Del. +, Fla. +, Ga. +, Md. +, N.J. +, N.C. +, Okla. +, S.C. +, Tex. +  and Va. +
10–200 m +
Bogs, wet thickets and woods, coastal plain +
Flowering fall. +
Bull. Torrey Bot. Club. +
Aster sericocarpoides +, Aster umbellatus var. brevisquamus +, Aster umbellatus var. latifolius +  and Doellingeria umbellata var. latifolia +
Doellingeria sericocarpoides +
Doellingeria +
species +