Goldenaster, Chrysopsis
side image of gopher tortoise opening its mouth. Figure 4 from  Wildlife of Florida Factsheet: Gopher Tortoise: WEC396/UW441, 8/2018
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Dune Restoration Plants
Asteraceae (taxonomic family)

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Miller, Debbie, Mack Thetford, Chris Verlinde, Gabriel Campbell, and Ashlynn Smith. 2018. “Goldenaster, Chrysopsis: SGEB-75-5/SG166, 9/2018”. EDIS 2018 (5). Gainesville, FL.


Two species of goldenaster are found on beach dunes within the western Panhandle of Florida (FNAI 2000). Chrysopsis gossypina subsp. Cruiseana (Cruise’s goldenaster) and Chrysopsis godfreyi (Godfrey’s goldenaster), which is further differentiated into two morphologically distinct forms, Chrysopsis godfreyi f. godfreyi and Chrysopsis godfreyi f. viridis.

Note: This fact sheet is also available as a chapter in a comprehensive manual titled Dune Restoration and Enhancement for the Florida Panhandle,  Please see the manual for more information about other useful and attractive native plants for dunes and for further information about restoration and preservation techniques.
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Hooton, N. 2011. "Restoration strategies for improving survival and composition of plant species native to coastal dunes in the Florida Panhandle." Master's Thesis, University of Florida.

Smith, A.M., S.B. Wilson, M. Thetford, K.L. Nolan, and C. Reinhardt Adams. 2014. "Performance of nine Florida native wildflower species grown in varying container substrates." Native Plants Journal 15(1):75-86. doi:10.3368/npj.15.1.75

Florida Natural Areas Inventory (FNAI), 2000. Field Guide. Godfrey's goldenaster.

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