Aureolaria virginica

(Linnaeus) Pennell

Bull. Torrey Bot. Club 40: 409. 1913

Common names: Downy yellow false foxglove
Selected by author to be illustratedEndemic
Basionyms: Rhinanthus virginicus Gandoger Sp. Pl. 2: 603. 1753
Synonyms: Aureolaria dispersa (Small) Pennell A. microcarpa Pennell Gerardia virginica (Linnaeus) Britton, Sterns & Poggenburg
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 17. Treatment on page 557. Mentioned on page 550, 556.
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Perennials. Stems simple or branched, 5–15 dm, sparsely to densely brown-pubescent. Leaves: petiole 2–5 mm; blade lanceolate to oblong, 24–140 x 8–31 mm, margins serrate to pinnatifid, surfaces brown-pubescent. Bracts leaflike, 11–32 x 3–9 mm, margins entire or crenate. Pedicels 3–5 mm, pubescent. Flowers: calyx densely pubescent, tube campanulate, 5–6 mm, lobes deltate, 4–9 x 2–3 mm, margins entire; corolla tube 25–35 mm, glabrous, lobes 9–14 x 10–15 mm; filaments 9–14 mm, ciliate; style 21–33 mm. Capsules pyriform, 8–15 x 6–8 mm, densely pubescent. 2n = 26.

Phenology: Flowering Jun–Sep.
Habitat: Oak and pine woods and slopes.
Elevation: 0–700 m.


Ont., Ala., Conn., Del., D.C., Fla., Ga., Ind., Ky., La., Md., Mass., Mich., Miss., N.H., N.J., N.Y., N.C., Ohio, Pa., R.I., S.C., Tenn., Tex., Vt., Va., W.Va.


This treatment follows G. L. Nesom and L. E. Brown (1998) and R. P. Wunderlin (1998) in including Aureolaria dispersa and A. microcarpa as synonyms of A. virginica; it is impossible to distinguish these taxa from A. virginica.



Lower Taxa

No lower taxa listed.