Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1282

Forb
Perennial

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

Common

Look for it in dry to moist forests & woodlands, per Weakley's Flora

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partial shade ...Moist ...Dry

LEAVES:
Simple
Opposite
Petioles to 12mm long

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer/Fall
Blue-violet (rarely pink)
Bisexual
5-lobed calyx
5-lobed funnelform corolla
4 included stamens
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer/Fall
Brown/Yellow-brown
Capsule

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Lamiids: Lamiales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Ruellia caroliniensis   FAMILY Acanthaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Ruellia caroliniensis ssp. caroliniensis var. caroliniensis   FAMILY Acanthaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 171-03-007:
Ruellia caroliniensis   FAMILY Acanthaceae

(?) Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Ruellia parviflora

 

COMMON NAME:
Carolina Wild Petunia, Common Wild Petunia, Hairy Ruellia


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_rupa21_001_lvd

        

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JK Marlow    jkm080616_042

June    Oconee County    SC

Corolla funnelform, with tube, open throat, 5 subequal petals, 2-cleft stigma, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Ruellia caroliniensis

JK Marlow    jkm080616_042b

June    Oconee County    SC

A somewhat hairy plant, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

image of Ruellia caroliniensis

JK Marlow    jkm080616_049

June    Oconee County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm140623_185

June    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

Flowers in sessile clusters in upper axils, very few open at any one time, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

image of Ruellia caroliniensis

JK Marlow    jkm180604_2705

June    McCormick County    SC

Parks Mill

Funnel-form flowers in sessile clusters in middle and upper nodes, per Wild Flowers of NC, 2nd edition.

image of Ruellia caroliniensis

JK Marlow    jkm180618_2927

June    Greenville County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm180621_2938

June    Greenville County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm180623_2951

June    Greenville County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm090704_032

July    Greenville County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm100702_128

July    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

image of Ruellia caroliniensis

JK Marlow    jkm100702_132

July    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

image of Ruellia caroliniensis

JK Marlow    jkm100702_133

July    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

image of Ruellia caroliniensis

JK Marlow    jkm100702_137

July    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

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JK Marlow    jkm120728_017b

July    Abbeville County    SC

Parson's Mountain Recreation Area

Leaves ovate, lanceolate or elliptic, pubescent or glabrate, petioles to 12mm, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Ruellia caroliniensis

JK Marlow    jkm120728_017c

July    Abbeville County    SC

Parson's Mountain Recreation Area

Calyx lobes usually hirsute, linear-setaceous, 15-22mm long, < 2mm wide, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.