Helianthus giganteus

ClassificationDicots
FamilyAsteraceae
Family (Traditional)Asteraceae
GenusHelianthus
SpeciesHelianthus giganteus L.
Common NameGiant or tall sunflower, giant sunflower
Growth Habitforb
Plant NotesLeaf Persistance: Deciduous; Habit: forb; Woody/Herbaceous: herbaceous; Terrestrial/Aquatic: Terrestrial;
Simple/Compound: Simple; Leaf Complexity: 0;
Hypanthium: No; Perianth Absent: No; Fruit Color: ;
*Average C-Value: 4.7
C value 5
StatusNative; AGCP (FACW), EMP (FACW) (NWPL); TN[SNR] KY[S5] (State Rank); G5 (Global Rank)
Specimen(s) View and Download Specimen Details »

** Not applicable or data not available.

Species Distribution Map

This species has been reported in the counties highlighted in the interactive distribution map below. Click on a county to display the its name. Click the question mark icon () to view additional information about the ecoregions shown. In the map legend, there are links to toggle the visibility of the ecoregions and/or their labels. In addition, clicking on an ecoregion name will highlight that region on the map.

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Ecoregions
  • Southeastern Plains
    • Blackland Prarie
  • Blue Ridge Mountains
  • Ridge and Valley
  • Cumberland Plateau
  • Cumberland Mountains
  • Allegheny Plateau
  • Interior Plateau
    • Bluegrass Region
    • Nashville Basin
    • Pennyroyal Karst Plain
    • Western Highland Rim
    • Eastern Highland Rim

Synonyms

No synonyms exist for this species.

Specimens and Distribution

This species has been reported in the following counties by the herbaria listed. An overview of the individual specimens are provided in the table that follows. Click on the accession number to view details; click on column headers to sort.

Counties included on distribution map: Graves (KY), Jackson (KY), Laurel (KY), Lincoln (KY), McCreary (KY), Marshall (KY), Montgomery (KY), Muhlenberg (KY), Pulaski (KY), Carroll (TN), Cheatham (TN), Loudon (TN), Monroe (TN), Overton (TN), Rutherford (TN), Scott (TN)

Herbaria represented by specimen data listed below: APSC, EKY, HTTU, MTSU, TENN, VDB

Range of years during which specimens were collected: 1972 - 2013

Accession No. (click for full details) County State Coll. Date Collector &
Collection No.
Herbarium &
Herbarium Name Used
31234100260361 Muhlenberg Kentucky 15 Sep 1993 Landon E. McKinney
6056
EKY
Helianthus giganteus
31234100260353 Montgomery Kentucky 14 Sep 1984 Julian Campbell
1289
EKY
Helianthus giganteus
31234100260387 Cheatham Tennessee 24 Sep 1990 Ronald L. Jones
6721
EKY
Helianthus giganteus
31234100260338 Montgomery Kentucky 21 Aug 1984 Julian Campbell
958
EKY
Helianthus giganteus
31234100260312 Lincoln Kentucky 02 Sep 1990 Ronald L. Jones
6653
EKY
Helianthus giganteus
31234100260346 Montgomery Kentucky 03 Sep 1984 Julian Campbell
1257
EKY
Helianthus giganteus
TENN-V-0230075 Monroe Tennessee
TENN
Helianthus giganteus
TENN-V-0230077 Scott Tennessee
TENN
Helianthus giganteus
TENN-V-0230080 Scott Tennessee
TENN
Helianthus giganteus
TENN-V-0230078 Scott Tennessee
TENN
Helianthus giganteus
TENN-V-0230076 Scott Tennessee
TENN
Helianthus giganteus
TENN-V-0230079 Scott Tennessee
TENN
Helianthus giganteus
APSC0069463 Pulaski Kentucky 30 Sep 1987 Max Medley
APSC
Helianthus giganteus
APSC0110943 Pulaski Kentucky
APSC
Helianthus giganteus
APSC0110942 Pulaski Kentucky
APSC
Helianthus giganteus
31234100746088 McCreary Kentucky 03 Sep 2008 Tara R. Littlefield
2008-054
EKY
Helianthus giganteus
31234100260304 Jackson Kentucky 28 Aug 1982 Ronald L. Jones
3956
EKY
Helianthus giganteus
31234100260379 Carroll Tennessee 04 Sep 1972 Betty Ann Thompson
836
EKY
Helianthus giganteus
31234100260320 Lincoln Kentucky 02 Sep 1990 Ronald L. Jones
6653
EKY
Helianthus giganteus
TENN-V-0232145 Laurel Kentucky
TENN
Helianthus giganteus
TENN-V-0230074 Loudon Tennessee
TENN
Helianthus giganteus
APSC0116345 McCreary Kentucky
APSC
Helianthus giganteus
APSC0116346 McCreary Kentucky
APSC
Helianthus giganteus
APSC0069464 Pulaski Kentucky 30 Sep 1987 Max Medley
APSC
Helianthus giganteus
APSC0116261 Graves Kentucky
APSC
Helianthus giganteus
APSC0116260 Marshall Kentucky
APSC
Helianthus giganteus
APSC0116262 Marshall Kentucky
APSC
Helianthus giganteus
APSC0076343 McCreary Kentucky 16 Oct 1987 Max Medley
APSC
Helianthus giganteus
APSC0111038 Scott Tennessee 05 Oct 2013 Chris Mausert-Mooney
APSC
Helianthus giganteus
HTTU003417 Overton Tennessee
HTTU
Helianthus giganteus
MTSU021912 Rutherford Tennessee 15 Sep 2000 M. Penuel
MTSU
Helianthus giganteus
BRIT96574 Tennessee
VDB
Helianthus giganteus
BRIT96573 Tennessee
VDB
Helianthus giganteus
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Helianthus giganteus - Milo Pyne
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Helianthus giganteus - Milo Pyne
Helianthus giganteus - Milo Pyne
Helianthus giganteus - Milo Pyne
Helianthus giganteus - Milo Pyne
Helianthus giganteus - Milo Pyne
Helianthus giganteus - Milo Pyne
Helianthus giganteus - Milo Pyne
Helianthus giganteus - Milo Pyne
Helianthus giganteus - Milo Pyne
Helianthus giganteus - Milo Pyne
Helianthus giganteus - Milo Pyne
Helianthus giganteus - Milo Pyne
Helianthus giganteus - Tara Littlefield
Helianthus giganteus - Tara Littlefield
Helianthus giganteus - Tara Littlefield
Helianthus giganteus - Tara Littlefield
Helianthus giganteus - Tara Littlefield
Helianthus giganteus - Tara Littlefield
Helianthus giganteus - Tara Littlefield
Helianthus giganteus - Tara Littlefield