Stems zigzag, corymbosely branched above, smooth or minutely pubescent, usually leafless below, 1 to 3 feet high. Leaves thin, broadly oblong, sharp pointed at the apex, narrowed to a somewhat cuneate, sessile base, coarsely and sharply toothed on the margins, smooth or pubescent above and pubescent on the veins beneath, 3 to 6 inches long, one-half to 11/2 inches wide, the upper leaves often closer together than the lower ones. Heads of flowers several or numerous, 1 to 1/12 inches broad; bracts of the nearly hemispheric involucre very narrow and long pointed, the outer ones much shorter. Ray flowers twelve to eighteen in number, one-half to two-thirds of an inch long, white, sometimes purplish; pappus soft, fine and nearlv white.

Moist woods and thickets, Labrador to Ontario and western New York, south to the mountains of Georgia and Tennessee. Flowering from July to October.

Memoir 15 N. Y. State Museum

Plate 247

Mountain Or Whorled Aster   Aster acuminatus

Mountain Or Whorled Aster - Aster acuminatus