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Rugels ragwort
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Conservation status

Vulnerable (NatureServe)
Scientific classification
Kingdom:
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Family:
Tribe:
Senecioneae
Genus:
Rugelia

Shuttlew. ex Chapm.
Species:
R. nudicaulis
Binomial name
Rugelia nudicaulis
Shuttlew. ex Chapm.

Rugelia nudicaulis (Rugel's Indian plantain or Rugels ragwort), the sole species of the genus Rugelia, blooms in summer. It is a wildflower endemic to higher elevations in the Great Smoky Mountains. It is a rare species in Tennessee. First placed in the genus Senecio, then moved to Cacalia it was finally placed in a genus of its own, Rugelia. Genetic diversity in this plant, assessed using allozymes, is so low that the species may not survive changing environmental conditions.

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