Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1352

Forb
Winter annual

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

Uncommon (rare in Mtns), primarily limited to granitic flatrocks of the Piedmont

Look for it in very thin soil (generally less than 2cm deep) of vernally wet depressions on granite flatrocks and other granitic outcrops, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun

LEAVES:
Simple
Leaves at first crowded in a winter rosette, then alternate

FLOWER:
Spring
White
Bisexual
4 sepals
4 petals
8 stamens

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer
Follicle

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Saxifragales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Diamorpha smallii   FAMILY Crassulaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Diamorpha smallii   FAMILY Crassulaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 091-01-002:
Sedum smallii   FAMILY Crassulaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Elf-orpine


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JK Marlow    jkm170325_230

March    Pickens County    SC

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Patrick D. McMillan    pdmdsmallii_glsy1

March    Pickens County    SC

Glassy Mountain Heritage Preserve

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Patrick D. McMillan    pdmdsmallii_glsy4

March    Pickens County    SC

Glassy Mountain Heritage Preserve

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JK Marlow    jkm080428_033

April    Pickens County    SC

Plants reddish, succulent. Leaves fleshy, blades obtuse & nearly circular, per Wildflowers of the Eastern United States.


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JK Marlow    jkm080428_042

April    Pickens County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm080428_042c

April    Pickens County    SC

Flowers in few-bracteate compound cymes, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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JK Marlow    jkm110416_742

April    Etowah County    AL

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JK Marlow    jkm110416_746

April    Etowah County    AL

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JK Marlow    jkm140426_669

April    Pickens County    SC

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Patrick D. McMillan    pdmdsmallii_pc4

April    Pickens County    SC

Poe Creek State Forest

Flowers have 4 white petals and 8 stamens, per Wildflowers of Tennessee.

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Patrick D. McMillan    pdmdsmallii_pc8

April    Pickens County    SC

Poe Creek State Forest

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Patrick D. McMillan    pdmdsmallii_pc9

April    Pickens County    SC

Poe Creek State Forest

Spectacular dense colonies in and around depressions on granitic outcrops, per Wildflowers of the Eastern United States.

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_diamorpha_smallii_2

April        

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_diamorpha_smallii_5

April        

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Tim Spira    tps_dsmallii1

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