OF THE CAROLINAS & GEORGIA

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (2/8/20):
Polygonella americana   FAMILY Polygonaceae   NEW! Click to go to FSUS key


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 (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 063-06-001:
Polygonella americana   FAMILY Polygonaceae

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

 

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 (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 063-06-001:
Polygonella americana   FAMILY Polygonaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Polygonella americana

 

Find by SCIENTIFIC NAME:

2552

Forb (sometimes somewhat woody at base)
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Uncommon (rare in NC)

Habitat: Longleaf pine sandhills, other dry woodlands, glades, and barrens with sandy or rocky soil, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate

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

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Reddish-brown
Nutlet

 

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