Hudsonia tomentosa Nutt. - False Heather


 

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Hudsonia tomentosa - (image 1 of 9)

 

Taxonomy

Family: Saxifragaceae

Habitat

Grows in pure sand. Pine barrens and dunes.

Associates

Aristida tuberculosa, Panicum villosissimum, Polygonella articulata, Opuntia humifusa, Selaginella rupestris, Smilacina stellata

Distribution

Limited, Northeast and Great Lakes states.

Morphology

Small woody shrub to about 1' tall. Leaves scale-like, imbricate and tightly appressed. Flowers yellow, petals 5, styles slender and elongate.

Notes

Flowers mid May to late September

Wetland indicator: Facultative-

This is a rare plant throughout most of it's range with very specific habitat requirements. It is a beautiful plant in bloom, like little mounds of silver and gold in the sand.

Bibliography

Swink, F. and G. Wilhelm. 1994. Plants of the Chicago Region.
Indiana Academy of Science. The Morton Arboretum. Lisle, Illinois.

 


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