Ampelaster carolinianus

(Walter) G. L. Nesom

Phytologia77: 250. 1995

Common names: Climbing aster
Synonyms: Aster scandens Symphyotrichum carolinianum Virgulus carolinianus
Basionyms: Aster carolinianus
Found in FNA Volume 20. Treatment on page 460.
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Plants deciduous to evergreen by production of new growth, sprawling, climbing over other plants. Stems weak, 5–10 mm diam., branches at right angles. Leaf blades 30–70 × 10–15(–20) mm, reduced distally, membranous, bases auriculate-clasping, apices acuminate. Heads 1–15 per branch. Peduncles 1–4 cm, densely pilose; bracts lanceolate to ovate, 3–10 mm. Ray florets: laminae 9–15(–20) × 1–1.6 mm; style-branch appendages narrowly triangular. Disc florets corollas 6–8 mm, limbs 50–60% corollas, lobes 0.6–1.1 mm, 10–20% corollas. Cypselae usually tan to brown, sometimes mottled purple to black between light colored ribs, 3.5–4.3 mm; pappi shorter than disc corollas. 2n = 18.

Phenology: Flowering peak late fall–winter, year round (Fla).
Habitat: Marshy shores, stream banks, edges of swamps and moist thickets, wet woodlands
Elevation: 0–30 m


Fla., Ga., N.C., S.C.


Ampelaster carolinianus grows on the outer coastal plain. It is possibly extirpated in North Carolina.



AuthorJohn C. Semple +
BasionymAster carolinianus +
Common nameClimbing aster +
Elevation0–30 m +
HabitatMarshy shores, stream banks, edges of swamps and moist thickets, wet woodlands +
IllustratorMarjorie C. Leggitt +
PhenologyFlowering peak late fall–winter, year round (Fla). +
ReferenceNone +
SynonymAster scandens +, Symphyotrichum carolinianum + and Virgulus carolinianus +
Taxon nameAmpelaster carolinianus +
Taxon parentAmpelaster +
Taxon rankspecies +
VolumeVolume 20 +