Project lead: April Punsalan
Federal Status: Under review
Balduina atropurpurea, the purpledisk honeycombhead, is a sunflower-like plant in the family Asteraceae. It grows in pinelands and savannahs. It is a fire-adapted species, growing from small basal rosettes that need annual fire.
Currently this species is known to grow in one place in South Carolina, on Fort Jackson. The former population in Darlington County is thought to be extirpated, but it is possible that it might be found there by surveying along powerline rights-of-way. It is very easy to propagate, making it a good candidate for conservation efforts.