This variety may have arisen from hybridization of Eupatorium album var. album and Eupatorium serotinum (Flora of North America Editorial Committee 2006) both of which occur in small populations on Long Island.
There are 11 existing populations, but many of these have not been seen during recent surveys. Future surveys will determine if they should be considered extirpated. There are 16 historical occurrences.
In August 2004, Steve Young resurveyed nine of twelve occurrences documented by Bob Zaremba in the 1980s, but only two of them contained any plants. The habitat of three of the sites had succeeded to woody vegetation and the open habitat was no longer there. One roadside population was probably eliminated by mowing and another roadside population had been eliminated by Phragmites. Two populations were in areas that still seemed to have good habitat, but no plants were seen. The original populations of these last two sites were only 5-10 plants. One roadside population and one population in a grassy opening by a lake were still extant, although the number of plants was reduced.
There were less than 20 historical records for the state and presently there are 11 existing populations, although many of these may no longer be extant because of succession. The plant has probably declined from historical numbers, but it is hard to tell what the future long-term trend will be.
The main threat to this plant is the succession of its open habitat to woody plants. Development may also threaten sites, as well as Phragmites.
This species needs disturbance to reduce competition from woody plants or more aggressive herbaceous plants, but too much direct disturbance to the plants will reduce the population. Its habitat could be disturbed in the non-growing season to open it up for seed germination and colonization, but direct disturbance should be prevented during the growing season.
A study of habitat requirements is needed to determine why this plant only occurs on a small portion of the available disturbed sandy habitats.
In New York, Eupatorium album var. venosum has been found in dry, sandy, open habitats. These include roadsides and mowed areas in pine barrens, cemeteries, interdunal swales, dry oak forests, lake or pond margins, successional old fields, and railroad and powerline right-of-ways (New York Natural Heritage 2010). Dry, open pine barrens and sandy shores (FNA 2006). Dry, open woods, especially in sandy pinelands (Gleason and Cronquist 1991).
This herb is currently known from Suffolk County on Long Island and on Staten Island. There are historical records from Nassau County and the Bronx.
This herb ranges from Long Island and Staten Island in New York south to Delaware and the District of Columbia. It is most common in New Jersey and absent from Maryland.
Eupatorium album var. subvenosum is a perennial herb in the aster family. The single stems grow from 40 to 100 cm tall from short rhizomes or caudices, and are sparsely branched distally and pubescent throughout. The leaves are mostly opposite (some distal leaves may be alternate), simple, 3-nerved from their bases, and sessile, 1 to 2 cm wide and 3 to 4 times as long. They have sub-entire to serrulate margins and may be bristle-covered (denser on midribs and veinlets) or nearly smooth, and are usually gland-dotted. The infloresence is corymbiform and made up of disc flowers only, arranged into heads of five florets each, the corollas are white and 4 to 4.5 mm long, and the calices form pappi of 40-50 bristles 3.5 to 4.5 mm long. Each head is subtended by 9-15 involucral bracts (phyllaries), each 1.5 to 9 mm long and pubescent on their outer sides (FNA 2006).
Flowering or fruiting specimens are needed for identification.
Eupatorium pilosum has leaf blades mostly 1 to 2 times as long as wide, while E. album's leaves are 3 to 4 times as long as wide. Eupatorium album var. album, the only other variety of E. album found in New York, has leaves with coarsely serrate margins and obtuse to rounded tips, while E. album var. venosum has leaves with subentire, serrulate, or serrate margins and acute tips.
The time of year you would expect to find Trinerved White Boneset vegetative, flowering, and fruiting in New York.
Trinerved White Boneset
Eupatorium subvenosum (A. Gray) E.E. Schill.
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Information for this guide was last updated on: February 23, 2011
Please cite this page as:
New York Natural Heritage Program. 2019. Online Conservation Guide for Eupatorium subvenosum. Available from: https://guides.nynhp.org/trinerved-white-boneset/. Accessed January 17, 2019.