Illinois Natural History Survey - University of Illinois

Hudsonia tomentosa
False heather
Taxonomy

Synonyms: Hudsonia ericoides ssp. intermedia, Hudsonia tomentosa intermedia, Hudsonia ericoides ssp. tomentosa

Subspecific taxa:

Classification:

Other taxonomic & nomenclature sources: USDA PlantsITISThe Plant ListIPNI

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Species Distribution
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County Map Legend
Absent:
Not known from county
Medium confidence:
Medium or unknown confidence;
often old records or unverifiable observations
Medium-high confidence:
Often observations by expert botanists
High confidence:
Often vouchered herbarium records
Planted / introduced:
Native species introduced outside historic range,
or only in planted locations within county (e.g., restorations)
Historic / extirpated:
Only historic records for the species; likely extirpated
(Note that this category is not yet functional)

North American distribution maps for this species: FLNAUSDA PlantsBONAPBISON

Collection & Observation Phenology [?]

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Species Status

Status/Listing: State Endangered

Notes:Varieties of these species are not recognized by some authors

Origin: Native

Species Description

General: Dicot-woody, perennial

Roots: primary

Shoots: alternate leaf arrangment; simple leaf type; entire leaf margin; Pinnate leaf venation; linear, lanceolate leaf shape

Inflorescence: solitary

Flowers: perfect; 5 merous; complete, regular; yellow; hypogynous ovary position

Fruit: capsule

Physiology: autotrophic; C3 C02 fixation

Ecology & Natural History

Habitat: Open sands, beaches, and blowouts.

ILPIN Notes: Flowers sessile or on very short bracteate pedicels. Plants somewhat shrubby. Skog and Nickerson (1972) treat this taxa as a subspecies of Hudsonia ericoides L. Brizicky, G. K. 1964. The genera of Cistaceae in the southeastern United States. Journal of the Arnold Arboretum 45: 346-357. Gleason, H. A. 1910. The vegetation of the inland sand deposits of Illinois. Illinois State Laboratory of Natural History Bulletin 9: 23-174. Skog, J. T., and N. H. Nickerson. 1972. Variation and speciation in the genus Hudsonia. Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden 59: 454-464. Brizicky, G. K. 1964. The genera of Cistaceae in the southeastern United States. Journal of the Arnold Arboretum 45: 346-357. Gleason, H. A. 1910. The vegetation of the inland sand deposits of Illinois. Illinois State Laboratory of Natural History Bulletin 9: 23-174. Hall, M. T. 1957. Variation in the genus Hudsonia. Proceedings of the Indiana Academy of Science 66: 321-322. Skog, J. T., and N. H. Nickerson. 1972. Variation and speciation in the genus Hudsonia. Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden 59: 454-464. Flowers on leafless pedicels 1.5 - 6.0 mm. long. Hall (1957) considered this taxa a putative hybrid between Hudsonia tomentosa Nutt. and Hudsonia ericoides L. Skog and Nickerson (1972) treat this taxa as a subspecies of Hudsonia ericoides L.

Functional Relationships:

  • Pollinators insects (insect)

Human Relationships:

  • Edibility [?] :
  • Showy Flowers: medium

Wildlife and Livestock Information:

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Coefficient of Conservatism (C-value) [?] :

  • Entire State: 9
  • Chicago Area: 10

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