Aureolaria levigata (Rafinesque) Rafinesque. Phen: Aug-Sep; Sep-Oct. Hab: Oak forests and woodlands. Dist: PA west to s. OH, south to SC and GA, primarily a Central and Southern Appalachian endemic, but extending into adjacent provinces, and, rarely, even the Coastal Plain.
Origin/Endemic status: Endemic
Taxonomy Comments: The spelling 'levigata' was used by Rafinesque in the basionym, Gerardia levigata. There is no basis for its 'correction' to 'laevigata' under provisions of the ICNafp (Shenzhen version).
Synonymy: = FNA17; = Aureolaria laevigata – C, G, K1, K4, Pa, RAB, S, Tn, Va, W, Pennell (1935), orthographic variant; = Gerardia laevigata Raf. – F