Symphyotrichum rhiannon, Lake Burton Dunite Ridge, Chattahoochee National Forest, Rabun County, Georgia 3
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Rhiannon’s aster is a very rare plant that was previously only known from ultramafic barrens en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ultramafic in Clay County, North Carolina. On October 23, 2010, Steve Bowling and I were doing some botanical exploring around an ultramafic ridge in Rabun County, Georgia. Steve noticed the small purple aster resembled the aster growing at the site in North Carolina. Upon closer inspection and using the description in FNA (Flora of North America) he determined the Georgia material to be the same as the North Carolina material. I did not photograph the flowers on the discovery day because it was past full bloom.

Yesterday, I managed to find a couple of decent flowers on one plant.
For more information: www.efloras.org/florataxon.aspx?flora_id=1&taxon_id=2...
I will need to do more work next year during the peak bloom period.

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title Symphyotrichum rhiannon, Lake Burton Dunite Ridge, Chattahoochee National Forest, Rabun County, Georgia 3
date yyyymmdd hr:mn 2010:10:30 12:41:41
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