Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


2738

Forb
Perennial

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

Uncommon (rare in NC & northward)

Look for it in sandhill woodlands, shell middens in the outer Coastal Plain, woodlands and barrens over diabase and other mafic rocks in the Piedmont and low Mountains, barrens, glades, or woodlands over calcareous rocks in the Mountains, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Simple
Mostly alternate

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer/Fall
Yellow/ Orange
Bisexual
5-parted calyx
5-lobed tubular to tubular-funnelform corolla
5 stamens
Superior ovary
Inflorescence a leafy helicoid cyme

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer/Fall
White
Schizocarp of specialized mericarps (nutlets)

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Lamiids: Boraginales? order assignment uncertain

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Lithospermum virginianum   FAMILY Boraginaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Onosmodium virginianum   FAMILY Boraginaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 161-06-001:
Onosmodium virginianum   FAMILY Boraginaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Virginia Marbleseed, False Gromwell


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image of Lithospermum virginianum

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_onvi2_001_lvd

        

image of Lithospermum virginianum

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_l_virginianum_2

June        

image of Lithospermum virginianum

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_lithospermumvirgi

June        

Flowers borne in a distinctive, leafy, coiled inflorescence [helicoid cyme], per Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers.

image of Lithospermum virginianum

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_l_virginianum

July        

image of Lithospermum virginianum

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_l_virginianum_c

July        

The mostly oblong leaves 1-5" long. All parts of the herbage hairy, rough, per Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers.