Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


2552

Forb (sometimes somewhat woody at base)
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Uncommon (rare in NC)

Look for it in sandhills, other dry woodlands, glades, and barrens with sandy or rocky soil, per Weakley's Flora

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...Dry

LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
White
Bisexual
5 sepals (three inner, two outer)
Petals absent
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Reddish-brown
Nutlet

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (2/8/20):
Polygonella americana   FAMILY Polygonaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Polygonella americana   FAMILY Polygonaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH The Biota of North America Program. BONAP (Kartesz, 2015)
Polygonum americanum

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 063-06-001:
Polygonella americana   FAMILY Polygonaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Polygonella americana

 

COMMON NAME:
Southern Jointweed, Showy Jointweed


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image of Polygonella americana, Southern Jointweed, Showy Jointweed

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_poam3_001_lvd

        

image of Polygonella americana, Southern Jointweed, Showy Jointweed

John Cely    jec_polygonella1_02

September    Richland County    SC

A hillside in full bloom is a stunning sight - John Cely

image of Polygonella americana, Southern Jointweed, Showy Jointweed

John Cely    jec_7956

October    Richland County    SC

When not in bloom it resembles a small cedar, per www.missouriplants.com.

image of Polygonella americana, Southern Jointweed, Showy Jointweed

John Cely    jec_7956b

October    Richland County    SC

Petals absent. Sepals to 3mm long, white, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Polygonella americana, Southern Jointweed, Showy Jointweed

John Cely    jec_7960

October    Richland County    SC