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Nature Photography by Paul Rebmann
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Synonym: Ampelaster carolinianus, Aster carolinianus
Common vine-like plant of swamps, riverbanks, wet hammocks and other wet areas from the central panhandle throughout much of the Florida peninsula. Also ranges through the coastal plain of Georgia and the Carolinas.
This perennial, robust, woody vine is frequently found sprawling over other plants. Stems grow to over 1-1/2 meters (5 ft.) with many arching or climbing branches. The ray florets are purplish to pinkish and the disks are dark yellow. Flowers may be solitary or clumped.
Formerly in the Aster genus, climbing aster has been reclassified in the genus Symphyotrichum. Some sources consider it as the single known species of the genus Ampelaster.
Other species of the Symphyotrichum genus in the Wild Florida Photo database:
View Symphyotrichum concolor - EASTERN SILVER ASTER
View Symphyotrichum lateriflorum - CALICO ASTER
View Symphyotrichum elliottii - ELLIOTT'S ASTER
View Symphyotrichum simmondsii - SIMMONDS' ASTER