Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1043

Forb
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common

Look for it in sandhills, flatwoods, dry hammocks, dry sandy roadsides, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade ...Dry

LEAVES:
Simple
Basal rosette & opposite

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Rose/ Lavender/ Violet
Bisexual
Bilaterally symmetrical
5 sepals
2-lipped 5-lobed tubular corolla
4 fertile stamens & 1 staminode bearded with golden trichomes
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer
Capsule

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Lamiids: Lamiales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Penstemon australis   FAMILY Plantaginaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Penstemon australis   FAMILY Scrophulariaceae

LESS THAN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 166-14-004:
Penstemon australis   FAMILY Scrophulariaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Downy Beardtongue, Sandhill Beardtongue, Southern Beardtongue, Southeastern Beardtongue


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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_penstemon_australis_2

April        

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_penstemon_australis_6

April        

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Alan Cressler    alc_4689007399

May    Talbot County    GA

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Alan Cressler    alc_8754881373

May    DeKalb County    GA

Stone Mountain Park

Corolla throats sometimes nearly closed; corollas lined, at least internally, per Weakley's Flora.

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Alan Cressler    alc_8754892087

May    DeKalb County    GA

Stone Mountain Park

Corolla throats may be closed or nearly so (the lower lip arching upwards), per Weakley's Flora.

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JK Marlow    jkm120512_706

May    Greenville County    SC

Peduncles strongly ascending, the inflorescence therefore narrow, per Weakley's Flora.

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JK Marlow    jkm120512_706b

May    Greenville County    SC

Corolla 15-25mm long, gradually inflated to a throat 6-8mm in diameter, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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JK Marlow    jkm120512_709

May    Greenville County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm160605_880

June    Greenville County    SC

Cauline leaves glabrous to pubescent, moderately thick, narrowly lanceolate, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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JK Marlow    jkm160605_900

June    Greenville County    SC

Thyrse not leafy; bracts of the inflorescence reduced, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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JK Marlow    jkm160605_900b

June    Greenville County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm160605_900c

June    Greenville County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm160605_906

June    Greenville County    SC

Pollinator at work: a hummingbird moth (bee hawk-moth) of the genus Hemaris.

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JK Marlow    jkm160605_919

June    Greenville County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm160609_921

June    Greenville County    SC

Basal leaves oblanceolate to obovate, often persistent through anthesis, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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JK Marlow    jkm160609_922

June    Greenville County    SC

Mid & upper stem below inflorescence w long glandular & short eglandular hairs, per Weakley's Flora.

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JK Marlow    jkm160609_924

June    Greenville County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm160609_924b

June    Greenville County    SC

Capsule 6-8(10)mm long, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.