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Search Term(s): Euthamia caroliniana   (1 record found)

Aster Family
Euthamia caroliniana  (Carolina flat-top goldenrod)   
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Euthamia tenuifolia (Pursh) Nutt. var. tenuifolia;E. tenuifolia (Pursh) Nutt. var. microcephala Greene
Carex Section
Meaning of Scientific Name
Euthamia: from the Greek meaning "well-crowded", referring to the clustered flowers; caroliniana: of or from Carolina (U.S.)
Life Form
Perennial Herb
Phenology (Flowering Period)
Physiographic Province
☐ Piedmont
☑ Coastal Plain

County Distribution
☑ New Castle
☑ Kent
☑ Sussex

Moist swales, wet meadows, inner-dune swales and acidic fens
State Status
Piedmont Status
Coastal Plain Status
Global Rank
Federal Status
Geographic Affinity
Species at Limit of Distribution
☐ Northern
☐ Southern

North American Distribution (Non-indigenous Species)
Coefficient of Conservatism
Invasive Watchlist
Global Origin (Non-native Species)
Wildlife Values
Flowers attract a variety of insects.
Medicinal Properties
Part used: Flowering herb. Internally used as tea or tincture for cystitis, gastrointestinal tract and upper respiratory infections, and as an anti-inflammatory for gout and gouty arthritis. Topically used as a wash for minor wounds and a mouthwash/gargle for thrush, sore throats, and periodontal disease.
ID Notes
Additional Info
There is a great deal of phenotypic variation within the genus Euthamia and morphological differences could be related to environmental factors. The "southern form" [syn. = E. tenuifolia var. microcephala (fewer florets per head and narrower, widely spreading leaves)] is easily recognizable and appears to be somewhat uncommon, being found in inner-dune swales, Coastal Plain seasonal ponds, power-line bogs and acidic fens in Sussex County and further south on the Delmarva. The typical E. caroliniana (syn. = E. tenuifolia) appears to be more of a generalist, occurring in moist swales and wet meadows.
Habitats in which this plant occurs
Beach and Dune Habitats (Interdunal Wetlands, herbaceous, shrub, forested)
Peat Wetlands (Acidic Fens)
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