Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


2800

Forb
Annual/Perennial

Native to North Carolina & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC -

Rare

Look for it in mesic, nutrient-rich forests, either over calcareous substrate or on very rich alluvial deposits (such as riverbanks), per Weakley's Flora

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...Moist

LEAVES:
2-3x ternately compound
Leaves have petioles.

FLOWER:
Winter/Spring
White
5-merous
5 petals
5 stamens (anthers purplish-brown)
Inferior ovary
Flowers in terminal compound umbels

FRUIT:
Spring
Purplish-black
Schizocarp of two mericarps

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Campanulids: Apiales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Erigenia bulbosa   FAMILY Apiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Erigenia bulbosa   FAMILY Apiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH (EXCLUDED) VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 140-:
Erigenia bulbosa   FAMILY Apiaceae

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

 

COMMON NAME:
Harbinger-of-Spring, Pepper-and-Salt, Erigenia


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image of Erigenia bulbosa

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_erbu_001_lvd

        

image of Erigenia bulbosa

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_e_bulbosa_17

March    Floyd County    GA

Black's Bluff Preserve

Anthers are purplish-brown, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

image of Erigenia bulbosa

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_erigenia_bulbosa_2

March        

Black's Bluff Preserve

Black of anthers & white of petals give plant a "pepper & salt" appearance, per www.missouriplants.com

image of Erigenia bulbosa

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_erigenia_bulbosa_9

March        

image of Erigenia bulbosa

Ed Pivorun    ebp090404_4894

April    Walker County    GA

The Pocket on Pigeon Mountain

Schizocarps purplish-black [when ripe], broader than long, notched at apex, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

image of Erigenia bulbosa

JK Marlow    jkm090404_043

April    Walker County    GA

The Pocket on Pigeon Mountain

image of Erigenia bulbosa

JK Marlow    jkm090404_054

April    Walker County    GA

The Pocket on Pigeon Mountain

Leaves divided 2-3 times into 3 segments each, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.