Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


3273

Forb
Annual

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

Common (rare in Mountains)

Look for it in pine savannas, woodlands, fields, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate

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

FRUIT:
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 incarnata   FAMILY Polygalaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Polygala incarnata   FAMILY Polygalaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 106-01-013:
Polygala incarnata   FAMILY Polygalaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Pink Milkwort, Procession Flower


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image of Polygala incarnata

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_poin4_001_lvd

        

image of Polygala incarnata

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_p_incarnata_0748

May    Lincoln County    NC

Corolla 2x as long as longest sepal; in all other Polygala corolla is less, per Wildflowers of the Eastern United States.

image of Polygala incarnata

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_p_incarnata_0028

June    Catawba County    NC

image of Polygala incarnata

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_p_incarnata_0031

June    Catawba County    NC

image of Polygala incarnata

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_p_incarnata_0036b

June    Catawba County    NC

Corolla nearly 3x longer than wings; borne in a slender compact raceme, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

image of Polygala incarnata

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_polygala_incarnata

August        

Common to all milkworts are a 3-petalled corolla tube & 2 "wings" (sepals), per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.