Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Forb
Biennial/Rarely perennial

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

Common (uncommon in GA Piedmont)

Look for it in rocky woodlands and forests, rock outcrops, esp mafic or calcareous, but also on more acidic substrates, rarely also in bottomlands, per Weakley's Flora

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partial shade

LEAVES:
Simple
Basal rosette & alternate

FLOWER:
Spring
Creamy white
Bisexual
Radially symmetrical
4 sepals
4 petals
6 stamens tetradynamous (2 short, 4 long)

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer
Silique

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Malvids: Brassicales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Boechera laevigata   FAMILY Brassicaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Arabis laevigata var. laevigata   FAMILY Brassicaceae

GREATER THAN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 088-25-004a:
Arabis laevigata var. laevigata   FAMILY Brassicaceae

GREATER THAN (MISAPPLIED) Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (1968)
Arabis laevigata var. burkii

GREATER THAN Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Arabis laevigata

 

COMMON NAME:
Common Smooth Rockcress


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image of Boechera laevigata

JK Marlow    jkm090321_020

March    Greenville County    SC

Chestnut Ridge Heritage Preserve

Plant glabrous, often glaucous, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Boechera laevigata

JK Marlow    jkm090321_026

March    Greenville County    SC

Chestnut Ridge Heritage Preserve

Stem leaves auriculate-sagittate, sometimes clasping, sessile, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Boechera laevigata

JK Marlow    jkm090321_030

March    Greenville County    SC

Chestnut Ridge Heritage Preserve

Four sepals, slightly shorter than the petals, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

image of Boechera laevigata

JK Marlow    jkm090321_031

March    Greenville County    SC

Chestnut Ridge Heritage Preserve

Four white petals to 1/4" long, per Wildflowers of Tennessee.

image of Boechera laevigata

JK Marlow    jkm090321_089

March    Greenville County    SC

Chestnut Ridge Heritage Preserve

Leaves of the basal rosette serrate to dentate, 3-8cm x 1-3cm, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Boechera laevigata

JK Marlow    jkm090321_091

March    Greenville County    SC

Chestnut Ridge Heritage Preserve

image of Boechera laevigata

JK Marlow    jkm090412_053

April    Greenville County    SC

Chestnut Ridge Heritage Preserve

Fruiting pedicels ascending not appressed; silique 1.2-2mm x 7-10cm, arcuate, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Boechera laevigata

JK Marlow    jkm150424_650

April    Blount County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

image of Boechera laevigata

JK Marlow    jkm090711_066

July    Greenville County    SC

Chestnut Ridge Heritage Preserve