Doellingeria umbellata (Mill.) Nees

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aug_08_11.gthmb can't be loaded. Doellingeria umbellata is an erect perennial forb native of North America. It was usually formerly known as Aster umbellatus. There are two varieties of this species: The plant belongs to the Asteraceae family.


In Greek, αστηρ (aster) means star, and the genus name refers then to the shape of the flower head.

In Latin, umbella means parasol; the epithet refers then to the cluster of flower heads.

As of the Doellingeria genus name, I have no idea of its origin, Doellinger might be the name of the botanist that name the genus ?

Common names

Some of the vernacular names of Doellingeria umbellata are: Flat-top Aster, Parasol Aster, Tall Flat-topped White Aster Hairy Flat-top Aster and Umbellate Aster. (In French the vernacular name is Aster à ombelles, the translation of Aster umbellatus).


Doellingeria umbellata var. umbellata has also been known as:


The distinctive features of Doellingeria umbellata are its : Eurybia macrophylla (Aster macrophyllus) is a bit similar, but the leaves of Eurybia are much larger. draw.jpg can't be loaded.


Doellingeria umbellata is one of the first Asters to bloom in the summer. It is a species of wetland edges and moist woodlands. Stems Leaves Flower heads Fruits


Doellingeria umbellata is found in moist woods, thickets and swamps, fens, in moist sunny areas, on lake edges, and other wetland edges.


map.jpg can't be loaded. Doellingeria umbellata is found in Canada: from Nova-Scotia to Alberta. and in most of the eastern half of the USA. The map shows the Canadian provinces and USA states where the plant may be found.


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The red flowers on the picture at left are Lythrum salicaria (Lythraceae). The red flowers on the picture at right are Polygala sanguinea (Polygalaceae).

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Leaves and phyllaries

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Flowers and seeds

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