Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


2594

Subshrub; Forb
Perennial
Dioecious

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

Common or uncommon, depending on variety

Look for it in sandhills: var. polygamum primarily in the outer Coastal Plain north of SC, var. croomii primarily in the fall-line Sandhills and middle Coastal Plain, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Creamy white
Unisexual
5 sepals (three inner, two outer)
Petals absent
8 stamens
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Fall
Nutlet

 

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Polygonum polygamum +   FAMILY Polygonaceae

LESS THAN PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Polygonella polygama   FAMILY Polygonaceae

LESS THAN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 063-06-002:
Polygonella polygama   FAMILY Polygonaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
October-flower


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image of Polygonum polygamum +

Bruce A. Sorrie    bas_p_polygamum_croomii1

October    Bladen County    NC

Come cooler fall days it bursts into bloom, each plant a mass of flowers, per Wildflowers of the Sandhills Region.

image of Polygonum polygamum +

Bruce A. Sorrie    bas_p_polygamum_croomii2

October    Bladen County    NC

image of Polygonum polygamum +

Bruce A. Sorrie    bas_p_polygamum_croomii2b

October    Bladen County    NC

The 5 sepals are each about 1mm long and broad, 3 erect and 2 bent back, per Wildflowers of the Sandhills Region.