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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image of Polygala curtissii, Appalachian Milkwort, Curtiss' Milkwort

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

        

image of Polygala curtissii, Appalachian Milkwort, Curtiss' Milkwort

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, Appalachian Milkwort, Curtiss' Milkwort

JK Marlow    jkm060813_099

August    Haywood County    NC

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

image of Polygala curtissii, Appalachian Milkwort, Curtiss' Milkwort

JK Marlow    jkm060813_105

August    Haywood County    NC

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

image of Polygala curtissii, Appalachian Milkwort, Curtiss' Milkwort

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, Appalachian Milkwort, Curtiss' Milkwort

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, Appalachian Milkwort, Curtiss' Milkwort

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_p_curtissii_app_8

August        

image of Polygala curtissii, Appalachian Milkwort, Curtiss' Milkwort

Ben Geer Keys    bgk1111_a

September        

image of Polygala curtissii, Appalachian Milkwort, Curtiss' Milkwort

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, Appalachian Milkwort, Curtiss' Milkwort

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_p_curtissii_scan

September        

image of Polygala curtissii, Appalachian Milkwort, Curtiss' Milkwort

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, Appalachian Milkwort, Curtiss' Milkwort

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, Appalachian Milkwort, Curtiss' Milkwort

JK Marlow    s060903_l

September    Transylvania County    NC

DuPont State Forest

image of Polygala curtissii, Appalachian Milkwort, Curtiss' Milkwort

JK Marlow    s060903_n

September    Transylvania County    NC

DuPont State Forest

image of Polygala curtissii, Appalachian Milkwort, Curtiss' Milkwort

JK Marlow    jkm121027_813

October    Pickens County    SC

Glassy Mountain Heritage Preserve