Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1464

Forb
Perennial

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

Common (uncommon in Coastal Plain)

Look for it in bottomland forests, moist slopes, coves, hammocks, per Weakley's Flora

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shade ...Moist

LEAVES:
Simple
Opposite

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
White
Usually bisexual
Radially symmetrical
5 sepals
5 petals
5-10 stamens
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer
Capsule

 

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Stellaria pubera   FAMILY Caryophyllaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Stellaria pubera   FAMILY Caryophyllaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 071-07-004:
Stellaria pubera   FAMILY Caryophyllaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Alsine pubera

 

COMMON NAME:
Giant Chickweed, Star Chickweed, Great Chickweed, Common Starwort


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_alpu8_001_lvd

        

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JK Marlow    jkm090321_095

March    Greenville County    SC

Chestnut Ridge Heritage Preserve

Stem leaves are mostly lanceolate, to 3.5" long, per Wildflowers of Tennessee.

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_stellaria_pubera

March        

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_stellaria_pubera_3

March        

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JK Marlow    jkm0404h_17

April    Polk County    NC

Pearson's Falls

Apparently 10 petals, but actually 5 petals deeply split, per Wildflowers of the Eastern United States.

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JK Marlow    jkm130422_668

April    Pickens County    SC

Glassy Mountain Heritage Preserve

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JK Marlow    jkm160422_120

April    Sevier County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Fruit is an ovoid capsule containing many small seeds, per Wildflowers & Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont.

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JK Marlow    jkm160423_474

April    Sevier County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Short, small-leaved flowering shoots replaced by taller shoots w larger lvs, per Wildflowers & Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont.

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Steve Marlow    snm090412_003

April    Greenville County    SC

Chestnut Ridge Heritage Preserve

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Terry Gentry    tmg_p4020038

April    Greenville County    SC

Chestnut Ridge Heritage Preserve

Sepals are acute to obtuse and shorter than the petals, per Wildflowers of Tennessee.

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JK Marlow    jkm160727_445

July    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

Sterile and fertile shoots dimorphic, the leaves of sterile shoots much larger, per Weakley's Flora.

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JK Marlow    jkm160727_449

July    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden