New York Natural Heritage Program
Showy Aster
Eurybia spectabilis (Ait.) Nesom
Dicots
Eurybia spectabilis flower Stephen M. Young
Family: Aster Family (Asteraceae)

State Protection: Threatened
listed species are those with: 1) 6 to fewer than 20 extant sites, or 2) 1,000 to fewer than 3,000 individuals, or 3) restricted to not less than 4 or more than 7 U.S.G.S. 7 minute topographical maps, or 4) listed as threatened by U.S. Department of Interior.

Federal Protection: Not Listed

State Rarity Rank: S2
A State Rarity Rank of S2 means: This plant is threatened/imperiled in New York because of rarity (typically 6-20 populations or few remaining individuals) or is vulnerable to extirpation from New York due to biological factors.

Global Rarity Rank: G5
A Global Rarity Rank of G5 means: This species is demonstrably secure globally, though it may be quite rare in parts of its range, especially at the periphery.


Did you know?
The genus Eurybia was named after the greek goddess of the mastery of the sea. She presided over the rise of the constellations and their associated weather systems, and the power of the winds. Even though this species is near the sea on Long Island it likes the drier sands of the pine barrens. It is available in the nursery trade but is not planted widely on Long Island. NYNHP only tracks native populations.

State Ranking Justification [-]
There are 15 existing populations and one third of these are in good to excellent condition. The rest of them are under 50 plants each and in small areas that are under threat. There are about 25 historical populations, many of which have not been resurveyed or are considered extirpated.

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