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Symphyotrichum shortii (Lindley) Nesom. Midwestern Blue Heart-leaved Aster, Short's Aster. Phen: Aug-Oct. Hab: Dry, rocky slopes; rock outcrops in wooded situations, calcareous hammocks (in FL). Dist: PA, s. ON, and MN, south to w. NC, c. GA, Panhandle FL (Gadsden and Jackson counties), MS, and AR.

ID notes: The lower stem leaves are indeed reminiscent of the leaves of Asplenium rhizophyllum (formerly known as Camptosorus), explaining one of Small's names for this species.

Origin/Endemic status: Native

Synonymy: = Fl7, FNA20, Il, K1, K3, K4, Mi, Pa, Tn, Va, WH3, Nesom (1994a); = Aster shortii Lindl. – C, F, G, Oh3, SE1, WV; = n/a – RAB; > Aster camptosorus Small – S; > Aster shortii Lindl. – S; > Aster shortii Lindl. var. camptosorus (Small) D.B.Ward – Ward (2012a); ~ Aster shortii Lindl. var. shortii

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Heliophily ?: 5

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