Gentiana austromontana J.S. Pringle & Sharp. Phen: Aug-Oct. Hab: Mountain forests and grassy balds, especially at medium to high elevations, but descending to ca. 600 m (2200 feet). Dist: A Southern Appalachian endemic: s. WV and sw. VA south to w. NC and ne. TN.
Origin/Endemic status: Endemic
Other Comments: The flowers of G. austromontana are usually a deeper and more intense blue-violet than the similar G. clausa and G. decora. See Pringle & Sharp (1964) for additional discussion.
Synonymy: = C, K1, K3, K4, Tn, Va, W, WV, Drake (2011), Halda (1996), Ho & Liu (2001), Pringle & Weakley (2009), Pringle (1967a); < Dasystephana decora (Pollard) Small – S; < Gentiana clausa Raf. – F, G, GW2, RAB