Chrysopsis godfreyi - Semple
Godfrey's Goldenaster
Other Common Names: Godfrey's goldenaster
Taxonomic Status: Accepted
Related ITIS Name(s): Chrysopsis godfreyi Semple (TSN 501509)
Unique Identifier: ELEMENT_GLOBAL.2.132744
Element Code: PDAST2B030
Informal Taxonomy: Plants, Vascular - Flowering Plants - Aster Family
 
Kingdom Phylum Class Order Family Genus
Plantae Anthophyta Dicotyledoneae Asterales Asteraceae Chrysopsis
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Concept Reference: Kartesz, J.T. 1994. A synonymized checklist of the vascular flora of the United States, Canada, and Greenland. 2nd edition. 2 vols. Timber Press, Portland, OR.
Concept Reference Code: B94KAR01HQUS
Name Used in Concept Reference: Chrysopsis godfreyi
Taxonomic Comments: Two forms occur in nearly all populations: 1) f. godfreyi, with white woolly stem leaves and 2) f. viridis, with green, stipitate glandular stem leaves.
Conservation Status
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Global Status: G2
Global Status Last Reviewed: 19May2009
Global Status Last Changed: 02Jun1987
Rounded Global Status: G2 - Imperiled
Reasons: A narrow endemic of the west Florida panhandle and adjacent Alabama coasts, although abundant locally.
Nation: United States
National Status: N2

U.S. & Canada State/Province Status
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United States Alabama (S1), Florida (S2)

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Range Extent Comments: Occurs on the Gulf Coast islands of west Florida in Bay, Escambia, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Walton counties; also in Baldwin County, Alabama.

Number of Occurrences: 6 - 20
Number of Occurrences Comments: In Florida, there are approximately 57 occurrences observed since 1989 and 10 others last observed earlier. However, some of these Florida occurrences should potentially be combined (A. Jenkins, pers. comm. 2009). In Alabama, there are 3 occurrences. Semple (1978), notes species locally abundant, but undercollected.

Population Size Comments: Abundance in the 1970's may be related to the high rate of hurrricane disturbance on the panhandle in this period.

Overall Threat Impact Comments: Appears to grow in disturbed sandy sites on coast (i.e. vacant lots, roadsides).

Long-term Trend:  
Long-term Trend Comments: Habitat destruction has eliminated most populations east of the National Seashore, including the type locality (Flora of North America Editorial Committee 2006).

Intrinsic Vulnerability Comments: Thrives in disturbed (moving) sand; can withstand some degree of sand burial. Appears to grow in disturbed sandy sites on coast (i.e. vacant lots, roadsides).

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Distribution
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Global Range: Occurs on the Gulf Coast islands of west Florida in Bay, Escambia, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Walton counties; also in Baldwin County, Alabama.

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United States AL, FL

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U.S. Distribution by County Help
State County Name (FIPS Code)
AL Baldwin (01003)
FL Bay (12005), Escambia (12033), Gulf (12045), Okaloosa (12091), Santa Rosa (12113), Walton (12131)
* Extirpated/possibly extirpated
U.S. Distribution by Watershed Help
Watershed Region Help Watershed Name (Watershed Code)
03 Apalachicola Bay (03130014)+, St. Andrew-St. Joseph Bays (03140101)+, Choctawhatchee Bay (03140102)+, Pensacola Bay (03140105)+, Perdido Bay (03140107)+, Mobile Bay (03160205)+
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* Extirpated/possibly extirpated
Ecology & Life History
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Basic Description: A biennial or weak perennial herb. Stems are solitary, 2-5 dm tall. Stem leaves are densely matted-wooly, green-gray in color.
Technical Description: Biennial or perennial herbs. Stems solitary and unbranched, erect or ascending (robust plants with stems branching near the base), 2-5 dm long, woolly basally, stipitate glandular apically and either woolly or arachnoid or glabrous. Leaves of basal rosette to 10 cm long, oblanceolate, obtuse, apically sparcely serrate, woolly on both surfaces, cauline leaves linear or ovate, entire sometimes slightly clasping the stem, woolly or glabrous on both sides, always densely stipitate glandular on both surfaces, acute apex, either abruptly or gradually reduced below the inflorescence. Inflorescence corymbose or corymbose-paniculate in robust plants; heads 5-15(-25) nodding in bud; peduncles densely stiptate-glandular; involucre campanulate, 9-12 mm high, phyllaries in four or five imbricate series, subulate, spreading to recurved tips, densely stipitate-glandular externally; ray florets 25-35, yellow, 10-15 mm long; disc florets 50-100, yellow, 7 mm long; achenes slightly compressed, cuneate-obovate, 2-2.5 mm long, pale in color, densely strigose, with many weak ribs; pappus in two whorls, the inner of barbellate bristles 7 mm long, the outer of short scales (Semple, 1978).
Diagnostic Characteristics: Two forms: Plants with upper stem leaves white woolly (forma godfreyi); plants with middle and upper stem leaves green, densely stipitate-glandular, not woolly (forma viridis) (Semple, 1978).
Terrestrial Habitat(s): Grassland/herbaceous, Sand/dune, Shrubland/chaparral
Habitat Comments: Mobile dunes on the coast, openings in scrub, and roadsides on the Gulf Coast Islands of the west Florida panhandle. Naturally occurs as scattered plants in semi-stable backdune areas with gull bluestem (Schizachyrium maritimum), beach sand-squares (Paronychia erecta), Gulf Coast lupine (Lupinus westianus) and Cruise's golden-aster (Chrysopsis gossypina ssp. cruiseana). It may also occur with Uniola paniculata just before dunes above the beach.
Economic Attributes Not yet assessed
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Management Summary Not yet assessed
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Population/Occurrence Delineation Not yet assessed
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U.S. Invasive Species Impact Rank (I-Rank) Not yet assessed
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Authors/Contributors
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NatureServe Conservation Status Factors Edition Date: 18Apr1991
NatureServe Conservation Status Factors Author: Johnson, A.F., rev. A. Tomaino (2009)
Element Ecology & Life History Edition Date: 06Feb1992

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References
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  • Clewell, A.F. 1985. Guide to vascular plants of the Florida panhandle. Florida State Univ. Press, Tallahassee, Florida. 605 pp.

  • Flora of North America Editorial Committee. 2006b. Flora of North America North of Mexico. Vol. 20. Magnoliophyta: Asteridae, part 7: Asteraceae, part 2. Oxford Univ. Press, New York. xxii + 666 pp.

  • Johnson, A.F. 1993. Status survey of Chrysopsis godfreyi. Grant agreement No. 14-16-0004-92-986 between the Florida Natural Areas inventory and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Jacksonville, Florida.

  • Kartesz, J.T. 1994. A synonymized checklist of the vascular flora of the United States, Canada, and Greenland. 2nd edition. 2 vols. Timber Press, Portland, OR.

  • RADFORD, A., H. AHLES AND C. BELL. 1968 MANUAL OF THE VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS. THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA PRESS CHAPEL HILL. 1183 PP + LXI.

  • Radford, A.E., H.E. Ahles, and C.R. Bell. 1968. Manual of the vascular flora of the Carolinas. Univ. North Carolina Press, Chapel Hill, NC. 1183 pp.

  • Semple, J.C. 1978. A new species endemic to west Florida: Chrysopsis godfreyi (Compositae-Astereae). Canadian J. Botany 56: 2092-2096.

  • Semple, J.C. 1981. A revision of the goldenaster genus Chrysopsis (Natl.) Ell. nom. cons. (Compositae-Asteraceae). Rhodora 83: 323-384.

  • WARD, D.B. (ED). 1979. RARE AND ENDANGERED BIOTA OF FLORIDA, VOLUME 5: PLANTS. UNIVERSITY PRESSES OF FLORIDA, GAINESVILLE.

  • Ward, D.B., ed. 1979. Rare and endangered biota of Florida. Vol. 5: Plants. Univ. Presses of Florida, Gainesville.

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