Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


2936

Forb
Annual

Non-native: Old World
Documented growing wild in - NC SC

Rare. A serious weed, targeted for eradication since it arrived here in the 50s.

Look for it in cultivated fields, parasitic on the roots of corn & other grasses, per Weakley's Flora

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INVASIVE

This plant is causing problems in natural areas outside its native range, according to authorities such as:

SC Department of Agriculture Noxious Weed List, 2017
SC Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2014

 

full sun

LEAVES:
Simple
Opposite or subopposite

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Red/ Orange/ Yellow
2-lipped corolla
4 included stamens (2 long, 2 short)
Flowers in leaf axils, solitary or in a spike upward

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Capsule

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Lamiids: Lamiales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Striga asiatica   FAMILY Orobanchaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Striga asiatica   FAMILY Scrophulariaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 166-22-001:
Striga lutea   FAMILY Scrophulariaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Witchweed