The following Participating Institutions are custodians for this species in the CPC National Collection:
Bok Tower Gardens
The conservation of Chrysopsis floridana is fully sponsored.
S.K. Maddox contributed to this Plant Profile.
Chrysopsis floridana, or Florida golden aster, is a perennial herb that is wooly from the basal rosettes all the way to the top of the stem. The leaves at the woody base are 4 to 10 cm long, 1.5 to 2.0 cm wide, and they are densely short-wooly pubescent. The leaves on the stems are about the same size from the top to the bottom, are entire, and slightly clasping the stem, and they too are densely short-wooly pubescent. The flower heads form a more or less flat-topped cluster of 1 to 25 heads at the top of the stem. The flower head is entirely yellow, with both the central disc and the rays being golden yellow (USFWS 1999). The Florida golden aster is a short-lived perennial, flowering in late November and December and it reproduces by seeds, which are dispersed by the wind (USFWS 1999).
This species was listed as federally endangered in June of 1986. It occurs in small areas of ancient dunes with nutrient-poor, well-drained sandy soil on the west-central coast of Florida. Much of this species' habitat has been eliminated due to land development, and the two largest remaining known sites where it is found are vulnerable to residential construction. (USFWS 1986)
Distribution & Occurrence
Florida golden aster is associated with the excessively drained soils typically found in the sand pine scrub community. Some of these sand ridges were formed during the late Miocene epoch. Chrysopsis floridana prefers open, sunny areas within the sand pine scrub, as these soils are extremely nutrient-poor and well-drained, and are composed primarily of siliceous sand. C. floridana was know to occur historically in scrub habitat on coastal dunes. The species has been reintroduced to the habitat is Pinellas County (USFWS 1999)
| About 20 populations, with almost half on conservation lands (Chafin 2000)
Over 1,000,000 individuals on 1 site
17 + recent discoveries in S.E. Hillsborough and Hardee Counties (this species is protected by local regulations)
Conservation, Ecology & Research
Exclusion of fire in scrub and xeric habitats.
Exotic pest plants.
(Chafin 2000, USFWS 1999)
A successful reintroduction was carried out in Pinellas County. The only limiting factor to more reintroduction efforts is the lack of remaining suitable habitats (USFWS 1999).
Hall, David W. 1993. Illustrated plants of Florida and the coastal plain. Gainesville, FL: Maupin House. 431p.