Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


2470

Forb
Perennial
Polygamous

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Uncommon (rare in SC)

Look for it in savannas, bogs, seepage bogs, wet forests, per Weakley's Flora

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...Wet

LEAVES:
Simple
Basal & alternate (gradually reduced upward)

FLOWER:
Summer
Greenish-white/ Cream
Bisexual or staminate
Radially symmetrical
6 tepals
6 stamens
Inflorescence a panicle

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Capsule

 

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (2/8/20):
Melanthium virginicum   FAMILY Melanthiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Veratrum virginicum   FAMILY Liliaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Synthesis of the North American Flora (Kartesz, 1999)
Melanthium virginicum

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 041-23-001:
Melanthium virginicum   FAMILY Liliaceae

INCLUDING Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Melanthium dispersum

INCLUDING Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Melanthium virginicum

 

COMMON NAME:
Virginia Bunchflower, Bog Bunchflower


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image of Melanthium virginicum, Virginia Bunchflower, Bog Bunchflower

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_mevi2_001_lvd

        

image of Melanthium virginicum, Virginia Bunchflower, Bog Bunchflower

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide    pnd_mevi2_003_lvd

        

image of Melanthium virginicum, Virginia Bunchflower, Bog Bunchflower

JK Marlow    jkm070528_108

May    Laurens County    SC

Sumter National Forest: Tyger Ranger District

Superficially quite similar to Zigadenus glaberrimus, per Weakley's Flora (2015).

image of Melanthium virginicum, Virginia Bunchflower, Bog Bunchflower

JK Marlow    jkm070528_111

May    Laurens County    SC

Sumter National Forest: Tyger Ranger District

Stem pubescent, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Melanthium virginicum, Virginia Bunchflower, Bog Bunchflower

Patrick D. McMillan    pdmmelvirg_spartabog

Month Unknown    Alleghaney County    NC

Stems up to 6' tall, branched at the top into a many-flowered inflorescence, per Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers.

image of Melanthium virginicum, Virginia Bunchflower, Bog Bunchflower

Patrick D. McMillan    pdmmvirginicum_2

Month Unknown        

Tepal margins entire & planar or nearly so; tepal claw < 1/3 as long as blade, per Flora of North America.