Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia

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Most habitat and range descriptions were obtained from Weakley's Flora.

Your search found 14 taxa in the family Isoetaceae, Quillwort/Merlin's-grass family, as understood by PLANTS National Database.

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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Eastern Blackfoot Quillwort
Weakley's Flora: (10/20/20) Isoetes melanopoda ssp. sylvatica   FAMILY: Isoetaceae
INCLUDED WITHIN PLANTS National Database: Isoetes melanopoda   FAMILY: Isoetaceae
INCLUDED WITHIN Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Isoetes melanopoda 005-01-001   FAMILY: Isoetaceae

 

Look for it in clay soils in low woods, seeps on sandstone or granitic rocks

Rare (an endemic)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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Common Name: Blackfoot Quillwort
Weakley's Flora: (10/20/20) Isoetes melanopoda ssp. melanopoda   FAMILY: Isoetaceae
INCLUDED WITHIN PLANTS National Database: Isoetes melanopoda   FAMILY: Isoetaceae

 

Look for it in floodplains

Rare

Native west of the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Black-spored Quillwort
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Isoetes melanospora   FAMILY: Isoetaceae
INCLUDED WITHIN PLANTS National Database: Isoetes melanospora   FAMILY: Isoetaceae
INCLUDED WITHIN Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Isoetes melanopoda 005-01-001?   FAMILY: Isoetaceae

 

Look for it in pools on granite flatrocks

Rare (an endemic)

Native to South Carolina & Georgia

 


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camera icon Common Name: Mat-forming Quillwort, Merlin's Grass, Mat-forming Melin's grass
Weakley's Flora: (10/20/20) Isoetes tegetiformans   FAMILY: Isoetaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Isoetes tegetiformans   FAMILY: Isoetaceae

 

Look for it in shallow pools on granite flatrocks

Rare, endemic to a few granite flatrocks of east central GA (notably Heggies Rock)

Native to Georgia

 


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camera icon Common Name: Rush Quillwort
Weakley's Flora: (10/20/20) Isoetes junciformis   FAMILY: Isoetaceae
(?) PLANTS National Database: Isoetes junciformis   FAMILY: Isoetaceae

 

Look for it in ephemeral wetland swales in bottomland hardwood swamps

Rare (an endemic)

Native to Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Piedmont Quillwort
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Isoetes piedmontana   FAMILY: Isoetaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Isoetes piedmontana   FAMILY: Isoetaceae
INCLUDED WITHIN Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Isoetes melanopoda 005-01-001?   FAMILY: Isoetaceae

 

Look for it in seepage on granitic flatrocks and on Altamaha grit

Uncommon in Piedmont, rare in Coastal Plain (an endemic)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Virginia Quillwort
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Isoetes virginica   FAMILY: Isoetaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Isoetes virginica   FAMILY: Isoetaceae
INCLUDED WITHIN Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Isoetes melanopoda 005-01-001?   FAMILY: Isoetaceae

 

Look for it in woodland streams

Rare (an endemic)

Native to the Carolinas

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Appalachian Quillwort
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Isoetes appalachiana   FAMILY: Isoetaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Isoetes appalachiana   FAMILY: Isoetaceae
INCLUDED WITHIN Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Isoetes engelmannii 005-01-002   FAMILY: Isoetaceae

 

Look for it in seepages, small woodland streams, ephemeral wetlands, backwaters

Uncommon (rare in GA Coastal Plain)

Native to the Carolinas

 


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camera icon speaker icon Common Name: Engelman's Quillwort
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Isoetes engelmannii   FAMILY: Isoetaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Isoetes engelmannii   FAMILY: Isoetaceae
INCLUDED WITHIN Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Isoetes engelmannii 005-01-002   FAMILY: Isoetaceae

 

Look for it usually in permanent water bodies with active current

Common (rare in GA Coastal Plain)

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon Common Name: Wintergreen Quillwort, Winter Quillwort, evergreen quillwort
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Isoetes hyemalis   FAMILY: Isoetaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Isoetes hyemalis   FAMILY: Isoetaceae
INCLUDED WITHIN Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Isoetes engelmannii 005-01-002   FAMILY: Isoetaceae

 

Look for it in blackwater streams and sandy streambanks.

Rare

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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camera icon Common Name: Mountain Quillwort, Carolina Quillwort, Strong Quillwort
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Isoetes valida   FAMILY: Isoetaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Isoetes valida   FAMILY: Isoetaceae
INCLUDED WITHIN Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Isoetes engelmannii 005-01-002?   FAMILY: Isoetaceae

 

Look for it in bogs (growing in Sphagnum), pools, ponds

Common in NC Mountains, rare in GA & SC

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

 


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Common Name: Riverbank Quillwort, Shore Quillwort
Weakley's Flora: (5/21/15) Isoetes riparia   FAMILY: Isoetaceae
INCLUDING PLANTS National Database: Isoetes riparia var. riparia   FAMILY: Isoetaceae
INCLUDED WITHIN Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968): Isoetes riparia 005-01-003   FAMILY: Isoetaceae

 

Look for it in tidal waters, lakes

Rare

Native to the Carolinas

 


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camera icon Common Name: Boom's Quillwort
Weakley's Flora: (10/20/20) Isoetes boomii   FAMILY: Isoetaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Isoetes boomii   FAMILY: Isoetaceae

 

Look for it in shallow water of slow-moving streams

Rare (an endemic)

Native to Georgia

 


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camera icon Common Name: Georgia Quillwort
Weakley's Flora: (10/20/20) Isoetes georgiana   FAMILY: Isoetaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS National Database: Isoetes georgiana   FAMILY: Isoetaceae

 

Look for it in streams

Rare (an endemic)

Native to Georgia

 


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