Chrysopsis mariana (Linnaeus) Elliott. Phen: Late Jun-Oct. Hab: Longleaf pine sandhills, dry pine flatwoods, dry forests and woodlands, roadsides, other dry habitats. Dist: Se. NY and RI (Block Island) west to se. OH, c. KY, w. TN, south to c. peninsular FL and se. TX.
Origin/Endemic status: Native
Taxonomy Comments: As currently defined, C. mariana includes 2x (2n=8), 4x (2n=16), 6x (2n=24) and 8x (2n=32) races that have different distribution patterns that are allopatric or very nearly so (Semple & Chinnappa 1986). Diploids are found in the FL Panhandle and c. peninsula. Tetraploids are found only in ne. FL and the n. peninsula. Hexaploids range nearly throughout the non-FL portion of the species’ distribution, in FL only in the nc. FL Panhandle. Octoploids are along the ne. coast of FL, on and near Merritts Island.
Synonymy: = C, Fl7, FNA20, G, K3, K4, NE, NY, Oh3, Pa, S, SE1, Tn, Tx, Va, W, WH3, Semple (1981); = Heterotheca mariana (L.) Shinners – RAB, Harms (1974); > Chrysopsis mariana (L.) Elliott var. macradenia Fernald – F; > Chrysopsis mariana (L.) Elliott var. mariana – F