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22. Liatris garberi A. Gray, Proc. Amer. Acad. Arts. 15: 48. 1879.

Garber’s gayfeather

Lacinaria chlorolepis Small; L. garberi (A. Gray) Kuntze; L. nashii Small

Plants 20–80 cm. Corms elongated into rhizomes, irregularly shaped (sometimes with thickened, fibrous roots). Stems piloso-puberulent to hirsute. Leaves: basal and proximal cauline 1-nerved, linear to linear-oblanceolate, 120–300 × 3–8 mm, gradually reduced distally to ± midstem, abruptly reduced to ± uniform bracts distally, essentially glabrous, gland-dotted (margins sometimes sparsely ciliate). Heads in dense, spiciform arrays. Peduncles 0 or 1–5(–10) mm. Involucres cylindro-campanulate, 8–10 × 4–5 mm. Phyllaries in 3–4(–5) series, ovate to oblong-oblanceolate or oblong-lanceolate, strongly unequal, usually essentially glabrous, sometimes sparsely strigose to pilosulous, margins with hyaline borders, ciliolate, apices acute (inner with slightly subterminal, ‘rolled’ apicula), ciliolate. Florets 6–10; corolla tubes glabrous inside. Cypselae 3–3.5 mm; pappi: lengths ± equaling corollas, bristles barbellate. 2n = 20.

Flowering Jul–Sep. Wet flats with palmetto and longleaf or slash pine, oak-palmetto, pine-live oak, grass-sedge bogs, sandy loam, sandy peat; 0–30 m; Fla.; West Indies (Bahamas).


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