Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Ranunculales
Dig deeper at SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria.
Learn more about Coastal Plain Spearwort from the Vascular Plants of North Carolina.
SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 076-13-007:
Ranunculus laxicaulis FAMILY Ranunculaceae
(?) (MISAPPLIED) Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Coastal Plain Spearwort
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Flora of North America
Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
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Basal & alternate
5 petals, much longer than the sepals
Flowers solitary in leaf axils
Aggregate of achenes
TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!
- Wildflowers of the Atlantic Southeast (Cotterman, Waitt, & Weakley, 2019) p249
- Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains (Smith, 1998) p047
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