Flora of the Southeastern United States
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XEROPHYLLACEAE

Xerophyllum asphodeloides (Linnaeus) Nuttall. Turkeybeard, Beargrass, Mountain-asphodel. Phen: May-Jun; Jul-Aug. Hab: Dry ridges and slopes in the mountains, primarily in dry, strongly acidic sites which burn periodically, such as pine/heath woodlands and forests, heath balds, and xeric oak forests, most of the populations in the Blue Ridge Escarpment, often associated with Pinus rigida or P. pungens, disjunct to similar sites on quartzite monadnocks of the upper Piedmont, in the Coastal Plain in acidic pinelands, and rarely in montane bogs. Dist: In two disjunct areas; the Coastal Plain of s. NJ and DE, and the Southern Appalachians from w. VA and e. WV south to e. TN, w. NC, nw. SC, ne. GA, and ne. AL.

Origin/Endemic status: Endemic

Syn: = C, F, FNA26, G, K1, K3, K4, RAB, S, Tn, Va, W, WV, Zomlefer (1997a)

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