Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1112

Forb
Perennial

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

Common (rare in SC)

Look for it in moist forests, mostly at moderate to high elevations, per Weakley's Flora

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partial shade ...Moist

LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Pink (rarely white)
Bisexual
Bilaterally symmetrical
5 sepals (three small, two larger petaloid "wings")
3 petals united into a tube
6 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):
Polygaloides paucifolia   FAMILY Polygalaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Polygala paucifolia   FAMILY Polygalaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 106-01-001:
Polygala paucifolia   FAMILY Polygalaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Gaywings, Fringed Polygala


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image of Polygaloides paucifolia

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_popa5_001_lvd

        

image of Polygaloides paucifolia

JK Marlow    jkm0504r_18

April    Pickens County    SC

Table Rock State Park

Scale-like leaves below, alternate oval leaves near stem's summit, per Wildflowers of Tennessee.

image of Polygaloides paucifolia

JK Marlow    jkm0504s_33

April    Pickens County    SC

Table Rock State Park

Corolla tube consists of 3 united petals; the "wings" are a pair of sepals, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

image of Polygaloides paucifolia

JK Marlow    jkm0504t_14

April    Pickens County    SC

Table Rock State Park

A low plant bearing 1-4 flowers, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

image of Polygaloides paucifolia

Tim Spira    tpsppaucifolia3

April        

image of Polygaloides paucifolia

Ben Geer Keys    bgk1112_a

May