Liatris gracilis

Family:ASTERACEAE
Species:Liatris gracilis Pursh
Common Name:Slender Blazing Star; Slender Gayfeather
Habitat:**
Associated Ecological Communities:**
Growth Habit:Herb
Duration:Perennial
Category:Vascular
USDA Symbol:LIGR9
Plant Notes:Slender Blazing Star is a native herbaceous perennial in the Sunflower family (Asteraceae). It occurs in the southern half of Alabama where it is often abundant. Slender Blazing Star grows in sand hills, in pine and scrub oak forests, on dunes, and in dry pine/turkey oak forests on red clay. It is perennial from a roundish corm (an upright thickened underground stem). The leaves and stem are hairy. Slender Blazing Star has a cluster of larger basal leaves. The leaves are often twisted perpendicular to the direct rays of the sun at mid-day. The stem leaves are quickly reduced in size. The flowers are produced in heads on short pedicles (stalks). Flowers are light to dark purple in color, and there are three to six per head. The heads open from the top of the stem to the base. The fruit is a pubescent achene with a tuff white bristles at its top. Slender Blazing Star is available as seed or “bulbs” (corms) from several wildflower nurseries. It tolerates drought and grows well in a variety of soil types. Slender Blazing Star requires full sun. Plants not receiving enough sunlight may not flower, or it they do they may grow so tall that they fall over. Slender Blazing Star works well towards the back of a perennial bed with other late blooming species. It is a popular cut flower and is also a good nectar plant for butterflies.--A. Diamond
Taxonomic Notes:**
Status:Native, FACU (NWI)
References:**
Specimen: View specimen details in the Alabama Herbarium Consortium Specimen Database

** Not applicable or data not available.

Classification

FamilyASTERACEAE - Aster family
Genus Liatris
Species Liatris gracilis Pursh - Slender Blazing Star; Slender Gayfeather

Citation

Citation LIATRIS GRACILIS Pursh, Fl. Amer. Sept. 508. 1814.
Basionym: **
Type: GEORGIA: Without data, Bartram s.n. (holotype: BM?).

** Not applicable or data not available.

Synonyms

SynonymFull CitationBasionymType
Lacinaria gracilis Lacinaria gracilis (Pursh) Kuntze, Revis. Gen. Pl. 1: 349. 1891.Liatris gracilis Pursh 1814. 
Lacinaria laxa Lacinaria laxa Small, Bull. Torrey Bot. Club 25: 472. 1898. FLORIDA: Miami-Dade Co.: Cape Florida, 14 mar 1892, Simpson 537 (holotype: NY; isotype: GH).
Liatris botrys Liatris botrys Rafinesque, New Fl. 4: 76. 1838 ("1836"). "Florida and Georgia",
Liatris lanceolata Liatris lanceolata Bertoloni, Novi Comment. Acad. Sci. Bononiensis 8: 77, pl. 10. 1846. ALABAMA: Without data, Gates s.n. (holotype: ?; isotypes: GH, NY, PH).
Liatris laxa Liatris laxa (Small) K. Schumann, Bot. Jahresber. (Just) 26(1): 378. 1900.Lacinaria laxa Small 1898. 
Liatris pauciflosculosa Liatris pauciflosculosa Nuttall, J. Acad. Nat. Sci. Philadelphia 7: 71. 1834. ALABAMA
Liatris pilosa var. gracilis Liatris pilosa (Aiton) Willdenow, var. gracilis (Pursh) Nuttall, Gen. N. Amer. Pl. 2: 131. 1818.Liatris gracilis Pursh 1814. 

Specimens and Distribution

This species has been reported in the following counties by the herbaria listed. An overview of the individual specimens are provided in the table that follows. Click on the accession number to view details; click on column headers to sort; choose a county or herbaria to filter the specimen data.

Counties included on distribution map: Baldwin, Barbour, Bullock, Butler, Choctaw, Clarke, Coffee, Conecuh, Covington, Crenshaw, Dale, Dallas, Escambia, Geneva, Houston, Lee, Marengo, Mobile, Monroe, Pike, Washington, Wilcox

Counties represented by specimen data listed below:

Herbaria represented by specimen data listed below: AUA, JSU, TROY, UNA, USAM, UWAL

Range of years during which specimens were collected: -

Barcode / Accession No. County Coll. Date Collector &
Collection No.
Herbarium &
Herbarium Name Used
Image
UWAL0013896 Bullock 12 Oct 2012 Dykes, Bailee
1392
UWAL
Liatris gracilis Pursh
JSU117129 Washington 13 Sep 1997 R. D. Whetstone
18719
JSU
Liatris gracilis Pursh
TROY000002489 Dale 26 Oct 2000 Tiffany Pennington
1121
TROY
Liatris gracilis Pursh
TROY000029606 Baldwin 10 Oct 2007 Terry Wayne Barger
23
TROY
Liatris gracilis Pursh
UWAL0032079 Houston 15 Oct 2015 Diamond, Alvin R.
26903
UWAL
Liatris gracilis Pursh
AUA000005526 Conecuh 24 SEP 1989 DIAMOND, JR., ALVIN R.
6407
AUA
LIATRIS GRACILIS PURSH
TROY000002476 Barbour 02 Oct 1999 John R. MacDonald
13512
TROY
Liatris gracilis Pursh
UWAL0034433 Geneva 02 Oct 1994 Kral, R.
84206
UWAL
Liatris gracilis Pursh
AUA000005541 Wilcox 10 SEP 1970 MOORE, HAROLD D.
1112
AUA
LIATRIS GRACILIS PURSH
UNA00048052 Mobile 8 Oct 1879 Charles Mohr
s.n.
UNA
Liatris gracilis Pursh
TROY000002494 Pike 05 Oct 2002 Alvin R. Diamond
13711
TROY
Liatris gracilis Pursh
UWAL0006186 Houston 25 Sep 1982 Kral, R.
69724
UWAL
Liatris gracilis Pursh
USAM000002521 Mobile 06 Oct 1974 Michel G. Lelong
8208
USAM
Liatris gracilis Pursh
UWAL0038774 Washington 03 Oct 2015 Keener, Brian R.
9280
UWAL
Liatris gracilis Pursh
AUA000029371 Covington 21 OCT 2009 HANSEN, CURTIS J.
4486
AUA
LIATRIS GRACILIS PURSH
TROY000002485 Covington 13 Oct 2005 Alvin R. Diamond
15928
TROY
Liatris gracilis Pursh
TROY000015356 Butler 29 Sep 2007 Alvin R. Diamond
18398
TROY
Liatris gracilis Pursh
TROY000002479 Coffee 22 Oct 1999 Brian H. Martin
330
TROY
Liatris gracilis Pursh
AUA000005525 Coffee 8 OCT 1989 DIAMOND, JR., ALVIN R.
6519
AUA
LIATRIS GRACILIS PURSH
AUA000024720 Covington 28 OCT 2008 HANSEN, CURTIS J.
3575
AUA
LIATRIS GRACILIS PURSH
UNA00048055 Escambia 8 Oct 1952 Roland M. Harper
4225
UNA
Liatris gracilis Pursh
AUA000005522 Butler 24 SEP 1989 DIAMOND, JR., ALVIN R.
6412
AUA
LIATRIS GRACILIS PURSH
USAM000002516 Mobile 18 Aug 1967 Michel G. Lelong
3603
USAM
Liatris gracilis Pursh
TROY000002492 Geneva 08 Oct 2006 Alvin R. Diamond
17038
TROY
Liatris gracilis Pursh
TROY000015355 Clarke 01 Oct 2006 Alvin R. Diamond
17005
TROY
Liatris gracilis Pursh
USAM000002520 Mobile 06 Oct 1974 Michel G. Lelong
8207
USAM
Liatris gracilis Pursh
UWAL0010432 Conecuh 13 Oct 2011 Diamond, Alvin R.
22632
UWAL
Liatris gracilis Pursh
AUA000005540 Pike 27 JUL 1989 DIAMOND, JR., ALVIN R.
6432
AUA
LIATRIS GRACILIS PURSH
TROY000029471 Escambia 18 Oct 2009 Alvin R. Diamond
21066
TROY
Liatris gracilis Pursh
TROY000015354 Houston 25 Sep 2008 Alvin R. Diamond
20217
TROY
Liatris gracilis Pursh
AUA000005519 Bullock 3 OCT 1990 DIAMOND, JR., ALVIN R.
7156
AUA
LIATRIS GRACILIS PURSH
UWAL0043300 Baldwin 12 Oct 2000 West, Chan
656
UWAL
Liatris gracilis Pursh
USAM000002517 Mobile 17 Oct 1980 Michel G. Lelong
11680
USAM
Liatris gracilis Pursh
TROY000002482 Conecuh 06 Oct 2000 Alvin R. Diamond
12756
TROY
Liatris gracilis Pursh
UWAL0032869 Conecuh 26 Sep 2009 England, J. Kevin
2231
UWAL
Liatris gracilis Pursh
UNA00048054 Baldwin 7 Nov 1987 Robert R. Haynes
9257
UNA
Liatris gracilis Pursh
AUA000005537 Geneva 21 SEP 1990 DIAMOND, JR., ALVIN R.
7135
AUA
LIATRIS GRACILIS PURSH
TROY000002490 Escambia 29 Sep 1980 Robert Kral
66525
TROY
Liatris gracilis Pursh
AUA000005521 Crenshaw 30 SEP 1946 HENRY, MARY G.
4575
AUA
LIATRIS GRACILIS PURSH
USAM000002518 Baldwin 03 Oct 1980 Michel G. Lelong
11601
USAM
Liatris gracilis Pursh
TROY000043211 Houston 15 Oct 2015 Alvin R. Diamond
26903
TROY
Liatris gracilis Pursh
AUA000005533 Escambia 7 OCT 1968 KRAL, ROBERT
33876
AUA
LIATRIS GRACILIS PURSH
UWAL0000806 Escambia 16 Oct 2008 Diamond, A.R.
20294
UWAL
Liatris gracilis Pursh
AUA000005539 Monroe 10 SEP 1970 MOORE, HAROLD D.
1105
AUA
LIATRIS GRACILIS PURSH
TROY000015802 Marengo 24 Sep 2008 J. Kevin England
1262
TROY
Liatris gracilis Pursh
AUA000027023 Baldwin 10 OCT 2007 BARGER, T. WAYNE
PERD-23
AUA
LIATRIS GRACILIS PURSH
UNA00058387 Conecuh 8 Sep 2001 Alvin R. Diamond
12640
UNA
Liatris gracilis Pursh
UWAL0010327 Marengo 01 Oct 2011 England, J. Kevin
3183
UWAL
Liatris gracilis Pursh
AUA000005524 Butler 25 SEP 1988 DIAMOND, JR., ALVIN R.
5552
AUA
LIATRIS GRACILIS PURSH
TROY000002491 Escambia 03 Oct 2006 Alvin R. Diamond
17021
TROY
Liatris gracilis Pursh
UWAL0000807 Marengo 24 Sep 2008 England, J. Kevin
1262
UWAL
Liatris gracilis Pursh
JSU117126 Coffee 18 Oct 1977 R. Kral
61152
JSU
Liatris gracilis Pursh
TROY000032831 Baldwin 26 Sep 2009 J. Kevin England
2216
TROY
Liatris gracilis Pursh
AUA000005531 Crenshaw 29 SEP 1946 HENRY, MARY G.
4553
AUA
LIATRIS GRACILIS PURSH
JSU117128 Mobile 14 Oct 1993 D. D. Spaulding
4601
JSU
Liatris gracilis Pursh
AUA000005662 Lee 2 OCT 1971 KAPA, MILTON
8
AUA
LIATRIS GRACILIS PURSH
TROY000002484 Conecuh 15 Sep 1994 Alvin R. Diamond
9389
TROY
Liatris gracilis Pursh
AUA000005535 Escambia 7 OCT 1968 KRAL, ROBERT
33859
AUA
LIATRIS GRACILIS PURSH
TROY000015800 Clarke 24 Sep 2008 J. Kevin England
1186
TROY
Liatris gracilis Pursh
AUA000005532 Covington 21 OCT 1982 WILBURN, JOHN C.
82
AUA
LIATRIS GRACILIS PURSH
AUA000005659 Dallas 22 SEP 1996 SCHOTZ, ALFRED
1444
AUA
LIATRIS GRACILIS PURSH
USAM000002522 Mobile 30 Aug 1975 Michel G. Lelong
8659
USAM
Liatris gracilis Pursh
AUA000020034 Butler 13 OCT 2005 DIAMOND, JR., ALVIN R.
15940
AUA
LIATRIS GRACILIS PURSH
TROY000002481 Conecuh 01 Oct 2005 Alvin R. Diamond
15869
TROY
Liatris gracilis Pursh
UWAL0000804 Clarke 24 Sep 2008 England, J. Kevin
1186
UWAL
Liatris gracilis Pursh
TROY000036118 Bullock 12 Oct 2012 Bailee Dykes
1392
TROY
Liatris gracilis Pursh
TROY000044751 Geneva 27 Aug 2017 Cameron Byrd
1441
TROY
Liatris gracilis Pursh
UWAL0038805 Clarke 11 Oct 2015 Keener, Brian R.
9308
UWAL
Liatris gracilis Pursh
AUA000005538 Mobile 11 OCT 1980 JACOBS, ROBERT
14
AUA
LIATRIS GRACILIS PURSH
TROY000002477 Butler 13 Oct 2005 Alvin R. Diamond
15940
TROY
Liatris gracilis Pursh
UWAL0043301 Baldwin 17 Oct 2007 Larsen, H.S.
1647
UWAL
Liatris gracilis Pursh
UWAL0015907 Pike 24 Sep 2012 Diamond, Alvin R.
23438
UWAL
Liatris gracilis Pursh
AUA000005527 Crenshaw 9 OCT 1988 DIAMOND, JR., ALVIN R.
5592
AUA
LIATRIS GRACILIS PURSH
AUA000005528 Covington 11 OCT 1946 HENRY, MARY G.
4615
AUA
LIATRIS GRACILIS PURSH
JSU139905 Baldwin 17 Sep 2000 D. D. Spaulding
10854
JSU
Liatris gracilis Pursh
AUA000020033 Covington 13 OCT 2005 DIAMOND, JR., ALVIN R.
15928
AUA
LIATRIS GRACILIS PURSH
USAM000002519 Mobile 19 Sep 1976 Michel G. Lelong
9485
USAM
Liatris gracilis Pursh
TROY000002483 Conecuh 08 Sep 2001 Alvin R. Diamond
12640
TROY
Liatris gracilis Pursh
AUA000005529 Covington 5 OCT 1968 KRAL, ROBERT
33703
AUA
LIATRIS GRACILIS PURSH
JSU117124 Baldwin 15 Oct 1982 R. D. Whetstone
12856
JSU
Liatris gracilis Pursh
TROY000002488 Dale 26 Oct 2000 Tiffany Pennington
1146
TROY
Liatris gracilis Pursh
AUA000029363 Covington 21 OCT 2009 HANSEN, CURTIS J.
4469
AUA
LIATRIS GRACILIS PURSH
UWAL0000805 Covington 28 Oct 2008 Hansen, C.J.
3575
UWAL
Liatris gracilis Pursh
TROY000038719 Marengo 01 Oct 2011 J. Kevin England
3183
TROY
Liatris gracilis Pursh
UWAL0033948 Choctaw 09 Oct 2016 Keener, Brian R.
9832
UWAL
Liatris gracilis Pursh
AUA000005530 Covington 3 OCT 1987 DIAMOND, JR., ALVIN R.
3680
AUA
LIATRIS GRACILIS PURSH
TROY000002493 Mobile 02 Oct 2002 Robert Kral
93357
TROY
Liatris gracilis Pursh
JSU117125 Clarke 31 Oct 1997 R. D. Whetstone
18983
JSU
Liatris gracilis Pursh
TROY000002478 Butler 05 Oct 2003 Alvin R. Diamond
14222
TROY
Liatris gracilis Pursh
UWAL0037093 Washington 30 Sep 2017 Bryson, Charles T.
25465
UWAL
Liatris gracilis Pursh
UWAL0034290 Covington 14 Oct 1991 Kral, R.
80073
UWAL
Liatris gracilis Pursh
TROY000002487 Dale 19 Oct 1999 Tiffany Pennington
273
TROY
Liatris gracilis Pursh
TROY000002480 Conecuh 25 Sep 2004 Alvin R. Diamond
14718
TROY
Liatris gracilis Pursh
TROY000034549 Houston 25 Sep 1982 Robert Kral
69724
TROY
Liatris gracilis Pursh
AUA000005536 Escambia 26 AUG 1969 MOORE, HAROLD D.
616-69
AUA
LIATRIS GRACILIS PURSH
UWAL0014527 Escambia 26 Sep 2009 England, J. Kevin
2224
UWAL
Liatris gracilis Pursh
AUA000005523 Butler 26 SEP 1990 DIAMOND, JR., ALVIN R.
7145
AUA
LIATRIS GRACILIS PURSH
AUA000005534 Dale 21 JUL 1991 DIAMOND, JR., ALVIN R.
7599
AUA
LIATRIS GRACILIS PURSH
JSU117127 Houston 27 Sep 1993 John R. MacDonald
6755
JSU
Liatris gracilis Pursh
UWAL0015359 Clarke 24 Oct 2010 Keener, Brian R.
6255
UWAL
Liatris gracilis Pursh
AUA000005520 Baldwin 10 SEP 1970 MOORE, HAROLD D.
1049
AUA
LIATRIS GRACILIS PURSH
UNA00048053 Mobile 4 Oct 1879 Charles Mohr
s.n.
UNA
Liatris gracilis Pursh
TROY000002486 Covington 03 Sep 2001 Alvin R. Diamond
12732
TROY
Liatris gracilis Pursh
UWAL0000841 Baldwin 26 Sep 2009 England, J. Kevin
2216
UWAL
Liatris gracilis Pursh
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