Liatris ohlingerae (S.F. Blake) B.L. Rob.
Family: Asteraceae
Scrub blazingstar
[Lacinaria ohlingerae ]
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Plants 30-100 cm. Corms nearly cylindric. Stems minutely and closely villous-puberulent, glabrescent. Leaves: basal and proximal cauline (usually withering before anthesis) 1-nerved, linear, 80-150 × 1-2(-2.5) mm, gradually reduced distally, essentially glabrous or sparsely puberulent and soon glabrescent, gland-dotted. Heads (1-30) in open, corymbiform to racemiform arrays. Peduncles (spreading-ascending) 20-70 mm. Involucres hemispheric to campanulate or broadly turbinate, 17-23 × 15-20 mm. Phyllaries in 6-7 series, oblong, strongly unequal, essentially glabrous, margins with (faintly purplish) hyaline borders, ciliolate, apices rounded to obtuse. Florets ± 20-30; corolla tubes glabrous inside. Cypselae 7-10 mm; pappi: lengths ± equaling corollas, bristles barbellate to subplumose. Flowering (Jul-)Aug-Nov. Oak scrubs, scrubby flatwoods, rosemary scrub; 10-50 m; Fla. Liatris ohlingerae grows in DeSoto, Highlands, and Polk counties, on Lake Wales Ridge. It is in the Center for Plant Conservation´s National Collection of Endangered Plants.