Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Ranunculales
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SYNONYMOUS WITH Floristic Synthesis of North America. BONAP (Kartesz, 2021)
SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 076-03-004:
Delphinium exaltatum FAMILY Ranunculaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
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Floristic Synthesis of North America. BONAP (Kartesz, 2021)
Flora of North America
Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Habitat: Dry to moist soils over calcareous (such as dolostone, especially Elbrook Formation) or mafic rocks (such as amphibolite, metagabbro, greenstone, and diabase), usually in the open (as grassy balds) or on forest edges in partial sun, per Weakley's Flora
Native to North Carolina
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Simple: Palmately cleft or parted
Petioles 1-15cm long
Blue, pale blue
5 sepals (one of them spurred)
TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!
- All About South Carolina Wildflowers (Midgley, 1999) p142
- Wildflowers of the Atlantic Southeast (Cotterman, Waitt, & Weakley, 2019) p416
- Wildflowers of Tennessee (Carman, 2005) p037
- Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians (Horn, Cathcart, Hemmerly, & Duhl, 2005) p058
- Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains (Smith, 1998) p044
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