OF THE CAROLINAS & GEORGIA

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (4/24/22):
Gentiana saponaria   FAMILY Gentianaceae   NEW! Click to go to FSUS key


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Gentiana saponaria var. saponaria   FAMILY Gentianaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 155-02-008:
Gentiana saponaria   FAMILY Gentianaceae

INCLUDING Britton & Brown Illus Flora of Northeast US & adjacent Canada (Gleason, 1952)
Gentiana cherokeensis

INCLUDING Britton & Brown Illus Flora of Northeast US & adjacent Canada (Gleason, 1952)
Gentiana saponaria

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Dasystephana saponaria

 

COMMON NAME:
Soapwort Gentian, Harvestbells


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image of Gentiana saponaria, Soapwort Gentian, Harvestbells

JK Marlow    jkm150912_129

September    Clay County    NC

Nantahala National Forest: Tusquitee Ranger District

image of Gentiana saponaria, Soapwort Gentian, Harvestbells

JK Marlow    jkm150912_132

September    Clay County    NC

Nantahala National Forest: Tusquitee Ranger District

Leaves linear, or elliptical to ovate and widest near the middle, per Gentians of the Eastern US.

image of Gentiana saponaria, Soapwort Gentian, Harvestbells

JK Marlow    jkm150912_133

September    Clay County    NC

Nantahala National Forest: Tusquitee Ranger District

image of Gentiana saponaria, Soapwort Gentian, Harvestbells

JK Marlow    jkm071025_029

October    Pickens County    SC

Clemson Forest

Flowers closed or slightly open, pale blue-purple with dark lines within, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

image of Gentiana saponaria, Soapwort Gentian, Harvestbells

JK Marlow    jkm071025_029b

October    Pickens County    SC

Clemson Forest

image of Gentiana saponaria, Soapwort Gentian, Harvestbells

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_gentiana_saponaria

October        

Calyx lobes elliptic-linear, 4-17mm long to 2mm wide, ascending to spreading, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Gentiana saponaria, Soapwort Gentian, Harvestbells

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_gentiana_saponaria_c

October        

image of Gentiana saponaria, Soapwort Gentian, Harvestbells

JK Marlow    jkm071101_037

November    Oconee County    SC

Sumter National Forest: Andrew Pickens Ranger District

image of Gentiana saponaria, Soapwort Gentian, Harvestbells

JK Marlow    jkm071101_038

November        SC

Sumter National Forest: Andrew Pickens Ranger District

image of Gentiana saponaria, Soapwort Gentian, Harvestbells

JK Marlow    jkm201107_8057

November    Greenville County    SC

Caesars Head State Park

image of Gentiana saponaria, Soapwort Gentian, Harvestbells

JK Marlow    jkm201107_8073

November    Greenville County    SC

Caesars Head State Park

image of Gentiana saponaria, Soapwort Gentian, Harvestbells

JK Marlow    jkm211116_4981

November    Greenville County    SC

Blackwell Heritage Preserve

image of Gentiana saponaria, Soapwort Gentian, Harvestbells

JK Marlow    jkm211116_4988

November    Greenville County    SC

Blackwell Heritage Preserve

image of Gentiana saponaria, Soapwort Gentian, Harvestbells

JK Marlow    jkm211116_4991

November    Greenville County    SC

Blackwell Heritage Preserve

image of Gentiana saponaria, Soapwort Gentian, Harvestbells

JK Marlow    jkm211116_4999

November    Greenville County    SC

Blackwell Heritage Preserve

These anthers weren't fused together like the others. Wonder why - is it timing?

image of Gentiana saponaria, Soapwort Gentian, Harvestbells

JK Marlow    jkm211116_5008

November    Greenville County    SC

Blackwell Heritage Preserve

Anthers connate at anthesis, per Weakley's Flora (2022).

image of Gentiana saponaria, Soapwort Gentian, Harvestbells

JK Marlow    jkm211116_5012

November    Greenville County    SC

Blackwell Heritage Preserve

image of Gentiana saponaria, Soapwort Gentian, Harvestbells

JK Marlow    jkm211116_5014

November    Greenville County    SC

Blackwell Heritage Preserve

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (4/24/22):
Gentiana saponaria   FAMILY Gentianaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Gentiana saponaria var. saponaria   FAMILY Gentianaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 155-02-008:
Gentiana saponaria   FAMILY Gentianaceae

INCLUDING Britton & Brown Illus Flora of Northeast US & adjacent Canada (Gleason, 1952)
Gentiana cherokeensis

INCLUDING Britton & Brown Illus Flora of Northeast US & adjacent Canada (Gleason, 1952)
Gentiana saponaria

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Dasystephana saponaria

 

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2030

Forb
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Uncommon

Habitat: bogs, marshes, wet hardwood forests, other moist to wet habitats, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Simple
Opposite

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Light blue-violet
Radially symmetrical
5-lobed calyx
5-lobed corolla
5 stamens

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Capsule

 

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