Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1111

Forb
Annual

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

Common (rare in Coastal Plain)

Look for it in mafic barrens, old fields, thickets, openings, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun ...Variable

LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Pinkish
Bisexual
Bilaterally symmetrical
5 sepals (three small, two larger petaloid "wings")
3 petals united into a tube
8 stamens united to corolla tube in 2 rows

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Capsule

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Fabids: Fabales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Polygala curtissii   FAMILY Polygalaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Polygala curtissii   FAMILY Polygalaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 106-01-007:
Polygala curtissii   FAMILY Polygalaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Appalachian Milkwort, Curtiss' Milkwort


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_pocu5_001_lvd

        

image of Polygala curtissii

JK Marlow    jkm060813_080

August    Haywood County    NC

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Leaves linear, linear-oblong, or narrowly oblanceolate, to 0.8"x0.15", per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

image of Polygala curtissii

JK Marlow    jkm060813_099

August    Haywood County    NC

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

image of Polygala curtissii

JK Marlow    jkm060813_105

August    Haywood County    NC

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

image of Polygala curtissii

JK Marlow    jkm120804_266

August    Transylvania County    NC

DuPont State Forest

Flowers occur in a compact raceme with buds forming a small cone on top, per Wildflowers of Tennessee.

image of Polygala curtissii

JK Marlow    jkm120804_272

August    Transylvania County    NC

DuPont State Forest

The wings are a pair of spreading sepals; the corolla tube 3 united petals, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

image of Polygala curtissii

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_p_curtissii_app_8

August        

image of Polygala curtissii

Ben Geer Keys    bgk1111_a

September        

image of Polygala curtissii

JK Marlow    jkm060903_040

September    Transylvania County    NC

DuPont State Forest

Bracts persist after lower flowers fall, per Wildflowers of Tennessee.

image of Polygala curtissii

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_p_curtissii_scan

September        

image of Polygala curtissii

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_polygala_curtissii_6

September        

Flowers in a dense cylindric raceme, a compact head similar to clover, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

image of Polygala curtissii

JK Marlow    s060903_k

September    Transylvania County    NC

DuPont State Forest

Erect annual to 16" tall, freely branched, per Wildflowers of Tennessee.

image of Polygala curtissii

JK Marlow    s060903_l

September    Transylvania County    NC

DuPont State Forest

image of Polygala curtissii

JK Marlow    s060903_n

September    Transylvania County    NC

DuPont State Forest

image of Polygala curtissii

JK Marlow    jkm121027_813

October    Pickens County    SC

Glassy Mountain Heritage Preserve