CPC Plant Profile: Gholson's Blazingstar
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Gholson's Blazingstar (Liatris gholsonii)

Liatris gholsonii in flower during the initial Site Assessment to estimate from how many maternal lines seeds will be collected at the time of Seed Collection.

Photo Credit: Cami Adams
Description
  • Global Rank: G1 - Critically Imperiled
  • Legal Status: N/A
  • Family: Asteraceae
  • State: FL
  • Nature Serve ID: 160575
  • Date Inducted in National Collection: 08/31/2021

Participating Institutions
Updates
Katie Heineman
  • 12/26/2021
  • Orthodox Seed Banking

Atlanta Botanic Garden send safety duplication seed from their 2021 collection of Liatris gholsonii at USDA-ARS NLGRP under the CPC Material Transfer Research Agreement.

Emily Coffey
  • 11/29/2021
  • Seed Collection

Fall is definitely the harvest season for seeds in the southeastern US.  Seeds from forty-seven maternal lines of Liatris gholsonii, Gholson's blazingstar, were collected across three sites at Torreya State Park.  It has taken a dedicated team to get these seeds processed and banked at both the Atlanta Botanical Garden and the National Laboratory for Genetic Resource Preservation. 

Seed collection at the Garden is truly a team effort.  These collections at Torreya State Park were led by our Florida-based team members Ashlynn Smith, Gulf Coast Coordinator, Cami Adams, Field Biologist, and Marcella Johnson, Summer Intern. Intake of seeds and their data is then processed by Amanda Carmichael, Conservation Laboratories Supervisor.  Also, this field season we were lucky to have the dedicated help of our Seed Bank Technician Tito Francisco to clean and process these and so many other seeds that came through our labs. Some seeds staying with us will now undergo viability testing and the rest are bound for our ex situ Conservation Seed Bank.

 

Photo credit: Cami Adams

Center for Plant Conservation
  • 08/31/2021
  • Orthodox Seed Banking

Atlanta Botanical Garden plans to make a conservation seed collection of this species in 2021 as part of CPC’s inaugural season of the Florida Plant Rescue seed collections initiative.

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Nomenclature
Taxon Liatris gholsonii
Authority L.C. Anderson
Family Asteraceae
CPC Number 47254
ITIS 780418
USDA LIGH
Common Names Gholson's blazing star
Associated Scientific Names Liatris gholsonii
Distribution
State Rank
State State Rank
Florida S1
Habitat

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