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, Gaywings, Fringed Polygala

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

        

image of Polygaloides paucifolia, Gaywings, Fringed Polygala

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, Gaywings, Fringed Polygala

JK Marlow    jkm0504s_33

April    Pickens County    SC

Table Rock State Park

image of Polygaloides paucifolia, Gaywings, Fringed Polygala

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, Gaywings, Fringed Polygala

Keith Bradley    kab_p_paucifolia_5295

April    Caldwell County    NC

Pisgah National Forest

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

image of Polygaloides paucifolia, Gaywings, Fringed Polygala

Tim Spira    tpsppaucifolia3

April        

image of Polygaloides paucifolia, Gaywings, Fringed Polygala

Ben Geer Keys    bgk1112_a

May