Sericocarpus asteroides (Aster paternus) white-topped aster Asteraceae ASPA2; Bx, pb (DeCandido 2001);

   

Seriocarpus asteroides (Aster paternus) Ted Bodner @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database.James H. Miller and Karl V. Miller. 2005

Seriocarpus asteroides (Aster paternus) Ted Bodner @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / James H. Miller and Karl V. Miller. 2005. Forest plants of the southeast and their wildlife uses. University of Georgia Press., Athens. (Accessed 3/2014).

Sericocarpus asteroides is a perennial herb 15-60 cm tall, from a branched root-crown. 

Leaves alternate, 1.5-10 cm long, 1-4.5 cm wide, often widest above middle, margins hairy-fringed, often toothed, basal and lower stem leaves stalked, larger than upper, persistent, upper leaves becoming stalkless and reduced. 

Flowers in dense heads, of two types, ray flowers 4-8, white, 0.4-0.8 cm long, disk flowers 9-20 white to yellowish, bracteate base 0.5-0.9 cm, bracts overlapping, broad, tips green, in tight rounded clusters, inflorescence flat-topped, branched, roughly hairy, June-Aug. 

Fruit dry, 1-seeded, achene, with tuft of hairs (pappus), wind dispersed. 

Wetland status: UPL. 

Frequency in NYC: Very infrequent. 

Origin: Native. 

Habitat: Dry woods.