Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


2119

Forb
Annual

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

Common (uncommon in Mountains)

Look for it in bogs, damp or wet soil in openings, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Simple
Whorls of 4

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Pinkish
Bisexual
Bilaterally symmetrical
5 sepals (three small, two larger petaloid "wings")
3 petals united into a tube
8 stamens united to corolla tube in 2 rows

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Capsule

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Fabids: Fabales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Polygala cruciata   FAMILY Polygalaceae

GREATER THAN PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Polygala cruciata var. cruciata   FAMILY Polygalaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 106-01-010:
Polygala cruciata   FAMILY Polygalaceae

GREATER THAN PLANTS National Database
Polygala cruciata var. aquilonia

 

COMMON NAME:
Southern Drumheads, Cross-leaved Milkwort


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Keith Bradley    kab_p_cruciata_09011

April    Collier County    FL

Big Cypress National Preserve

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_polygala_cruciata_2

August        

Leaves sessile, 3-4 per node, increasing in size upwards, per Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers.

image of Polygala cruciata

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_polygala_cruciata_sb

August        

Common to all milkworts are a 3-petalled corolla tube & 2 "wings" (sepals), per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

image of Polygala cruciata

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_polygala_cruciata_sc

August        

The wings (sepals) in this Milkwort species are broadly triangular, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

image of Polygala cruciata

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_polygala_cruciata

September