Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


3243

Forb
Biennial

Non-native: southeast Europe
Documented growing wild in GA NC -

Rare in GA & NC

Look for it around gardens where it may have escaped from cultivation (not usually persistent), per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Simple
Basal & opposite or alternate

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Purple/ Lavender (rarely White)
Bisexual
Radially symmetrical
4 sepals
4 petals
6 stamens tetradynamous (2 short, 4 long)
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Silvery
Silicle

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Malvids: Brassicales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Lunaria annua   FAMILY Brassicaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Lunaria annua   FAMILY Brassicaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Annual Honesty, Money Plant, Silver-dollar Plant


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JK Marlow    jkm120328_113

March    Pickens County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm120328_118

March    Pickens County    SC

Leaves cordate-based, triangular, and with coarse teeth, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

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JK Marlow    jkm120328_121

March    Pickens County    SC

Petals 4, usually purple or lavender, obovate, much longer than sepals, per Flora of North America.

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JK Marlow    jkm120328_124b

March    Pickens County    SC

Sepals cucullate [hood-like], two linear and two broadly oblong-elliptic, per Flora of North America.

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Gill Newberry    gn04_lunaria_annua

April        

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Gill Newberry    gn04_lunaria_flowers

April        

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JK Marlow    jkm150605_134

June    Watauga County    NC

Glen Burnie Trail

Siliques unsegmented, 2cm+ wide, broadly rounded at both ends when mature, per Weakley's Flora.

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JK Marlow    jkm150605_136

June    Watauga County    NC

Glen Burnie Trail

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Marian StClair    msc_3503

September    Greenville County    SC

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Marian StClair    msc_3505

September    Greenville County    SC

Called Money Plant because of the silvery septum left after fruit matures, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.