Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1069

Forb
Perennial

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

Common (uncommon in Coastal Plain)

Look for it in bottomland forests, nutrient-rich slopes, mesic hammocks, in the Coastal Plain primarily in places underlain by coquina limestone ("marl") & essentially absent from the more acidic portions of the Coastal Plain, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Simple
Opposite

FLOWER:
Summer
Purple/Pink/Lavender/White
2-lipped 5-lobed calyx
2-lipped 5-lobed corolla
4 stamens, attached to corolla tube
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Nutlet

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Phryma leptostachya   FAMILY Phrymaceae

LESS THAN PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Phryma leptostachya   FAMILY Verbenaceae

LESS THAN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 163-01-001:
Phryma leptostachya   FAMILY Phrymaceae

LESS THAN Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Phryma leptostachya

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Phryma leptostachya var. leptostachya

 

COMMON NAME:
American Lopseed


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JK Marlow    jkm120330_211

March    Pickens County    SC

Jocassee Gorges

image of Phryma leptostachya

JK Marlow    jkm120424_546

April    Pickens County    SC

Jocassee Gorges

image of Phryma leptostachya

JK Marlow    jkm120424_551

April    Pickens County    SC

Jocassee Gorges

image of Phryma leptostachya

JK Marlow    jkm060508_203

May    Macon County    NC

Nantahala National Forest: Wayah Ranger District

Opposite, petioled, coarsely toothed ovate leaves up to 6" long, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

image of Phryma leptostachya

JK Marlow    jkm080726_020

July    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

image of Phryma leptostachya

JK Marlow    jkm080726_023

July    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

Flowers horizontal, but when wilted hang downward - hence the name Lopseed, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

image of Phryma leptostachya

JK Marlow    jkm080726_023b

July    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

Flowers 1/4" long in regularly spaced pairs on one or more slender spikes, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

image of Phryma leptostachya

JK Marlow    jkm090711_092

July    Greenville County    SC

Chestnut Ridge Heritage Preserve

image of Phryma leptostachya

JK Marlow    jkm090711_095

July    Greenville County    SC

Chestnut Ridge Heritage Preserve

image of Phryma leptostachya

JK Marlow    jkm120815_686

August    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden