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Thermopsis mollis (Michaux) M.A. Curtis. Appalachian Golden-banner. Phen: Apr-May; Jun-Aug. Hab: Montane oak-hickory forests and woodlands, granitic dome margins, other dry slopes and ridges. Dist: Centered in the Southern Appalachians, but mostly in the Piedmont and lower elevation periphery of the mountains, ranging from sc. VA south through w. and c. NC and e. TN to nw. SC, n. GA, and ne. AL.

ID notes: See comments under T. fraxinifolia.

Origin/Endemic status: Endemic

Synonymy: = C, F, FNA11.1, G, K1, K3, K4, RAB, Tn, Va, W, Chen, Mendenhall, & Turner (1994); = Thermopsis mollis (Michx.) M.A.Curtis var. mollis – SE3, Isely (1981), Isely (1998); > Thermopsis hugeri Small – S, S13; > Thermopsis mollis (Michx.) M.A.Curtis – S, S13

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Heliophily ?: 6

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image of plant© Alan Cressler: Thermopsis mollis, Pigeon Mountain, Crockford-Pigeon Mountain Wildlife Management Area, Walker County, Georgia 1 by Alan Cressler source | Original Image ⭷

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