Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


2987

Forb
Biennial

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

Common

Look for it in pond cypress savannas, Coastal Plain depression ponds, clay-based Carolina bays, other sites with seasonally flooded hydrology, per Weakley's Flora

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...Wet

LEAVES:
Simple
Basal rosette (frequently absent at flowering)

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Light yellow
Bisexual
Bilaterally symmetrical
5 sepals (three small, two larger petaloid "wings")
3 petals united into a tube
6 stamens united to corolla tube in 2 rows

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer
Capsule

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Fabids: Fabales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Polygala cymosa   FAMILY Polygalaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Polygala cymosa   FAMILY Polygalaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 106-01-017:
Polygala cymosa   FAMILY Polygalaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Tall Milkwort, Tall Pinebarren Milkwort


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image of Polygala cymosa

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_pocy_001_lvd

        

image of Polygala cymosa

Jerry Bright    jeb_072608_045

July    Charleston County    SC

Francis Marion National Forest

Flowers in congested heads that terminate the branches of a showy cyme, per Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers.

image of Polygala cymosa

Jerry Bright    jeb_072608_046

July    Charleston County    SC

Francis Marion National Forest

image of Polygala cymosa

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_polygala_cymosa_2

July        

Mature plants typically 2-4' tall (vs. P. ramosa rarely over 18"), per Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers.

image of Polygala cymosa

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_polygala_cymosa_6

August        

Erect single-stemmed annual with leafy stem and branched inflorescence, per Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers.