Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1375

Forb
Perennial

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

Rare

Look for it on moist slopes, creekbanks, & rock outcrops in humid escarpment gorges with high rainfall, generally in deep shade under Rhododendron maximum & Rh. minus. This variety occurs in Transylvania & Jackson counties, NC, Oconee & Pickens counties, SC, and Rabun County, GA, where it occurs in the remarkable escarpment gorges region, at elevations from 200-650m (formerly at lower elevations, now submerged under Lake Jocassee). Most of the population of this species was destroyed in the 1960's by the construction of Lake Jocassee, per Weakley's Flora

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shade ...Moist

LEAVES:
Evergreen
Simple
Basal

FLOWER:
Spring
White/Pinkish
Radially symmetrical
5 sepals barely united at base
5-lobed campanulate corolla
5 stamens & 5 very short staminodia

FRUIT:
Summer
Capsule

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Ericales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Shortia galacifolia var. galacifolia   FAMILY Diapensiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Shortia galacifolia var. galacifolia   FAMILY Diapensiaceae

LESS THAN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 146-01-001:
Shortia galacifolia   FAMILY Diapensiaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Oconee Bells, Southern Shortia