Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Forb
Perennial

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

Uncommon (rare in SC)

Look for it in rich cove forests and slopes, at moderate to high elevations, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Ternately decompound
Alternate & basal

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
White
2-5 sepals
Petals absent
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Follicle

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Ranunculales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Actaea podocarpa   FAMILY Ranunculaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Actaea podocarpa   FAMILY Ranunculaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 076-09-002:
Cimicifuga americana   FAMILY Ranunculaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Mountain Black Cohosh, American Cohosh, Late Black Cohosh


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picture of Cimicifuga americana, image of Actaea podocarpa

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_ciam_001_lvd

        

picture of Cimicifuga americana, image of Actaea podocarpa

JK Marlow    jkm060429_006b

April    Macon County    NC

Nantahala National Forest: Wayah Ranger District

Terminal leaflet with 3 major veins arising from the base, per Weakley's Flora.

picture of Cimicifuga americana, image of Actaea podocarpa

JK Marlow    jkm060429_006c

April    Macon County    NC

Nantahala National Forest: Wayah Ranger District

picture of Cimicifuga americana, image of Actaea podocarpa

JK Marlow    jkm170818_704

August    Jackson County    NC

Big Ridge Preserve

picture of Cimicifuga americana, image of Actaea podocarpa

JK Marlow    jkm111008_942

October    Jackson County    NC

Balsam Mountain Preserve

Petiole of basal leaves with a deep, broad groove (ca. 1mm wide & deep), per Weakley's Flora.


click here to see other plants that look similar to this COMPARE Cohosh, Doll's-eyes, and Goatsbeard

picture of Cimicifuga americana, image of Actaea podocarpa

JK Marlow    jkm111008_949

October    Jackson County    NC

Balsam Mountain Preserve

Follicles 8-15mm long, 4-8mm broad, glabrous, compressed, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.