Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1113

Forb
Biennial/Weak perennial

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

Common

Look for it in sandhills, woodlands, woodland borders, per Weakley's Flora

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partial shade

LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
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
Flowers in a loose, slender raceme

FRUIT:
Summer
Capsule

 

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

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

LESS THAN PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Polygala polygama   FAMILY Polygalaceae

LESS THAN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 106-01-002:
Polygala polygama   FAMILY Polygalaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Southern Bitter Milkwort, Racemed Milkwort


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image of Polygala polygama

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_popo_001_lvd

        

image of Polygala polygama

JK Marlow    jkm180505_1845

May    Pike County    GA

Camp Thunder VPA

"Wings" [2 sepals] 4-6mm long and tapered to claws; corolla slightly shorter, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Polygala polygama

JK Marlow    jkm180505_1846

May    Pike County    GA

Camp Thunder VPA

Leaves linear-oblong to oblong-spatulate, 1.5-4cm long, revolute, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Polygala polygama

JK Marlow    jkm180505_1848

May    Pike County    GA

Camp Thunder VPA

image of Polygala polygama

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_polygala_polygama_2

May        

image of Polygala polygama

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_polygala_polygama_6

May        

image of Polygala polygama

JK Marlow    s070520_a

May    Greenville County    SC

image of Polygala polygama

Dan Whitten    sdw_polygala2

May    Pickens County    SC

Roadside

Common to all milkworts are a 3-petalled corolla tube & 2 "wings" (sepals), per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

image of Polygala polygama

JK Marlow    jkm160603_004

June    Jackson County    NC

Foothills Trail

image of Polygala polygama

JK Marlow    jkm160603_005

June    Jackson County    NC

Foothills Trail

image of Polygala polygama

JK Marlow    jkm160605_891

June    Greenville County    SC

Leaves linear-oblong to oblong-spatulate, 1.5-4cm long, revolute, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.