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Arnoglossum ovatum (Ovateleaf cacalia)
Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia

Arnoglossum ovatum

Arnoglossum ovatum (Walter) H. Rob.

Ovateleaf Cacalia

Asteraceae (Aster Family)

Synonym(s): Cacalia elliottii, Cacalia lanceolata, Cacalia lanceolata var. elliottii, Cacalia lanceolata var. virescens, Cacalia ovata, Mesadenia elliottii, Mesadenia lanceolata, Mesadenia lanceolata var. virescens, Mesadenia maxima


USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Shape: Lanceolate , Linear , Ovate
Leaf Margin: Entire
Size Notes: Up to about 10 feet tall, often much shorter.
Fruit: Fruit is a cypsela (pl. cypselae). Though technically incorrect, the fruit is often referred to as an achene.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Green
Bloom Time: Aug , Sep , Oct
Bloom Notes: Bloom may extend from May to December.


USA: AL , FL , GA , LA , MS , NC , SC , TX

Value to Beneficial Insects

Supports Conservation Biological Control

This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.

National Wetland Indicator Status

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.

Additional resources

USDA: Find Arnoglossum ovatum in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Arnoglossum ovatum in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Arnoglossum ovatum


Record Modified: 2022-10-12
Research By: TWC Staff

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