Genus: Hudsonia

Hudsonia tomentosa
Hudsonia tomentosa   Nutt.  -  Beach Heather
Photo © by Peter Nelson
Taken in the Pine Barrens, NJ, 1967.

By Kerry Barringer

Not peer reviewed

Last Modified 02/06/2013

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Hudsonia L., Mant. Pl. 11, 74. 1767. TYPE: Hudsonia ericoides L.

Key to the species of Hudsonia

1. Leaves linear to subulate, spreading, not imbricate, green, sericeous; capsules cylindric, pubescent above...Hudsonia ericoides
1. Leaves lanceolate to ovate-lanceolate, densely imbricate, gray-green, tomentose; capsules ovoid, glabrous...Hudsonia tomentosa

List of Hudsonia Species

References to Hudsonia

  • Arrington, J. M. 2004. Systematics of the Cistaceae. Ph.D. Thesis Duke Univ., Durham, NC,
  • Bowles, M. L.; DeMauro, M. M.; Pavlovic, N.; Hiebert, R. D. 1990. Effects of anthropogenic disturbances on endangered and threatened plants at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Natural Areas Journal 10: 187-200.
  • Brizicky, George K. 1964. The genera of Cistaceae in the southeastern United States. J. Arnold Arbor. 45: 346-357.
  • Hall, M. T. 1957. Variation in the genus Hudsonia. Proc. Indiana Acad. Sci. 66: 321-2.
  • Harshberger, J. W. 1916. The vegetation of the New Jersey pine-barrens. Christopher Sower, Philadelphia, PA. , 329 pages.
  • Hessl, A.; Spackman, S. 1995. Effects of fire on threatened and endangered plants: an annotated bibliography. US Dept. Interior, National Biological Service, Washington, DC.. , 55 pages. (Information and Technology Report 2)
  • Massicotte, H. B. 2010. Hudsonia ericoides and Hudsonia tomentosa: anatomy of mycorrhizas of two members in the Cistaceae from eastern Canada. Botany 88: 607-616.
  • Miller, E. S. 1872. Suffolk county plants. Bull. Torrey Bot. Club 3: 56.
  • Morse, L. E. 1975. Systematics and ecological biogeography of the genus Hudsonia (Cistaceae), the sand heaths. Ph.D. Dissertation Harvard Univ., Cambridge, MA,
  • Nelson, S. D.; Bliss, L. C.; Mayo, J. M. 1986. Nitrogen fixation in relation to Hudsonia tomentosa: a pioneer species in sand dunes, northeastern Alberta. Canad. J. Bot. 64: 2495-501.
  • Sipple, W. S. 2002. Pine-barren golden-heather (Hudsonia ericoides L.) reported for the first time in Maryland. Bartonia 61: 149-150.
  • Skog, J. T.; Nickerson, N. H. 1972. Variation and speciation in the genus Hudsonia. Ann. Missouri Bot. Gard. 59(3): 454-64.
  • Ukraintseva, V. V. 1993. Pollen morphology of the family Cistaceae in relation to its taxonomy. Grana Suppl. 2: 33-36.
  • Weiss, H. B.; West, E. 1924. Insects and plants of a dry woods in the pine barrens of New Jersey. Ecology 5: 241-53.