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Gaillardia aestivalis

Gaillardia aestivalis, Photo: Clarence A. Rechenthin @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database

Classification System: APG IV

Superregnum: Eukaryota
Regnum: Plantae
Cladus: Angiosperms
Cladus: Eudicots
Cladus: Core eudicots
Cladus: Asterids
Cladus: Campanulids
Ordo: Asterales

Familia: Asteraceae
Subfamilia: Asteroideae
Tribus: Helenieae
Subtribus: Gaillardiinae
Genus: Gaillardia
Species: Gaillardia aestivalis
Varieties: G. a. var. austrotexana

Gaillardia aestivalis (Walter) H.Rock, Rhodora 58(695): 315 1956

Gaillardia aestivalis var. flavovirens (C. Mohr) Cronq.
Gaillardia aestivalis var. winkleri (Cory) B.L. Turner
Gaillardia bicolor Ell.
Gaillardia chrysantha Small
Gaillardia fastigiata Greene
Gaillardia lanceolata Michx.
Gaillardia lanceolata var. fastigiata (Greene) Waterf.
Gaillardia lanceolata var. flavovirens C.Mohr
Gaillardia lanceolata var. winkleri (Cory) Waterfall
Gaillardia lutea Greene
Gaillardia lutea var. winkleri Cory
Gaillardia rigida Small ex Rydb.
Gaillardia serotina (Walter) H. Rock
Helenium aestivale Walter
Helenium serotinum Walter
Polypteris integrifolia DC.

Native distribution areas:

Continental: Northern America
Regional: Southeastern America
USA (Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Texas)

References: Brummitt, R.K. 2001. TDWG – World Geographical Scheme for Recording Plant Distributions, 2nd Edition

H.Rock. Rhodora; Journal of the New England Botanical Club. Cambridge, MA 58:315. 1956


International Plant Names Index. 2018. Gaillardia aestivalis. Published online. Accessed: January 27 2018.
The Plant List 2013. Gaillardia aestivalis in The Plant List Version 1.1. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2018 January 27. 2018. Gaillardia aestivalis. Missouri Botanical Garden. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2018 January 27.
Hassler, M. 2018. Gaillardia aestivalis. World Plants: Synonymic Checklists of the Vascular Plants of the World In: Roskovh, Y., Abucay, L., Orrell, T., Nicolson, D., Bailly, N., Kirk, P., Bourgoin, T., DeWalt, R.E., Decock, W., De Wever, A., Nieukerken, E. van, Zarucchi, J. & Penev, L., eds. 2018. Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life. Published on the internet. Accessed: 2018 January 27. Reference page.
USDA, ARS, Germplasm Resources Information Network. Gaillardia aestivalis in the Germplasm Resources Information Network (GRIN), U.S. Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service. Accessed: 07-Oct-06.

Gaillardia aestivalis is a species of flowering plant in the aster family known by the common name lanceleaf blanketflower. It is native to the south-central and southern United States from Texas east to Florida and north to the Carolinas, Arkansas, and Kansas. There are also reports of historical (now extirpated) populations in Missouri and introduced populations in Nebraska.[2] It is also cultivated as an ornamental plant.[3]

Gaillardia aestivalis is a perennial herb, sometimes growing from a rhizome, reaching maximum heights around 60 centimeters (2 feet) or more. The leaves are borne alternately along the stem. They are variable in shape and up to 6 centimeters (2.4 inches) long. The ones toward the top may clasp the stem at their bases. The flower heads are lined with several phyllaries. There are usually 6 to 12 ray florets, sometimes up to 15, but sometimes none. These are variable in color, being purplish, yellowish, or whitish. There are many disc florets at the center, also variable in color, especially across the varieties. The fruit is an achene which may be up to a centimeter (0.4 inches) long, including its pappus of scales.[2]

There are three varieties of this plant. The rare var. winkleri (Winkler's blanketflower[4] or white fire-wheel)[5] is endemic to the Pineywoods of Texas.[5]

Tropicos, Helenium aestivale Walter
Gaillardia aestivalis. Flora of North America.
Gaillardia aestivalis. Missouri Botanical Garden.
Gaillardia aestivalis. United States Department of Agriculture Plants Profile.
Gaillardia aestivalis var. winkleri. Archived 2011-10-26 at the Wayback Machine Center for Plant Conservation.

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