Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1687

Forb
Perennial

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

Common (rare in Mountains)

Look for it in bottomland forests and adjacent road shoulders, wet meadows, sometimes in upland forests over mafic rocks, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade shade ...Wet ...Moist

LEAVES:
Simple
Basal

FLOWER:
Spring
White (rarely pink)
Bisexual
6 tepals, perianth campanulate or funnelform
6 stamens
Inferior ovary

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer
Lustrous black

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Monocots: Asparagales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Zephyranthes atamasco   FAMILY Amaryllidaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH (ORTHOGRAPHIC VARIANT) PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Zephyranthes atamasca var. atamasca   FAMILY Liliaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 044-04-001:
Zephyranthes atamasco   FAMILY Amaryllidaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Atamosco atamasco

SYNONYMOUS WITH (ORTHOGRAPHIC VARIANT) Flora of North America
Zephyranthes atamasca

 

COMMON NAME:
Common Atamasco Lily, Rain-lily, Easter Lily, Naked Lily


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JK Marlow    jkm0203e_20

March    Horry County    SC

Myrtle Beach State Park

Their Indian name "Cullowhee" was given to one of our mountain towns, per Wild Flowers of NC, 1st edition.

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JK Marlow    jkm180331_191

March    Horry County    SC

Myrtle Beach State Park

Perianth mostly white, sometimes tinged or veined pink, funnelform; tube green, per Flora of North America.

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JK Marlow    jkm180331_203

March    Horry County    SC

Myrtle Beach State Park

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JK Marlow    jkm180331_204

March    Horry County    SC

Myrtle Beach State Park

Mature leaves concave (vs. those of Z. treatiae are grooved), per Weakley's Flora.

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JK Marlow    jkm180331_209

March    Horry County    SC

Myrtle Beach State Park

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_z_atamasca_4

March        

Pistil longer than the stamens, with 3 stigmas, per Wildflowers of the Eastern United States.

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_zephyranthes_atamasca

March        

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Tim Spira    tps_zatamasca

March        

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Ben Geer Keys    bgk1687_a

April        

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Mark A. Musselman    mam_easterlily040709g

April    Dorchester County    SC

Audubon Center at Francis Beidler Forest

A single, erect, funnel-shaped flower at the top of a leafless stalk, per Wildflowers & Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont.

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_z_atamasca_3

April        

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JK Marlow    jkm180506_490

May    Crawford County    GA

The thin-walled capsule splits at maturity, releasing shiny black seeds, per Wildflowers & Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont.

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JK Marlow    jkm180506_494

May    Crawford County    GA

The scape is hollow, per Flora of North America.

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Patrick D. McMillan    pdmzephyranthes_dark

Month Unknown        

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Patrick D. McMillan    pdmzephyranthes_group

Month Unknown        

Grass-like basal leaves up to 16" long, per Wildflowers & Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont.


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