Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Lamiids: Lamiales
Dig deeper at SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria.
This is one of the more spectacular spring wildflowers in Great Smoky Mountains National Park and farther west. Sadly, hardly anyone has ever seen it in NC. read more at Vascular Plants of North Carolina.
SYNONYMOUS WITH Floristic Synthesis of North America. BONAP (Kartesz, 2021)
SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 164-15-001:
Synandra hispidula FAMILY Lamiaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Guyandotte Beauty, Synandra
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Floristic Synthesis of North America. BONAP (Kartesz, 2021)
Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Winter annual? Perennial?
Habitat: Moist, rich forests, per Weakley's Flora
Native to North Carolina
CLICK HERE to see a map, notes, and images from Weakley's Flora of the Southeastern US.
Click here to see a map showing all occurrences known to SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria. (Zoom in to see more detail.)
Petioles 2-10cm long
Yellow to whitish often streaked with purple
4-lobed narrowly campanulate calyx
2-lipped corolla, upper lip slightly hoodlike, lower lip three-lobed
4 stamens, arched under the corolla's upper lip
Inflorescence a raceme
TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!
- Wildflowers of Tennessee (Carman, 2005) p232
- Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains (Smith, 1998) p147
If a search such as "Carex leptalea var. leptalea" doesn't deliver the results you want, try "Carex leptalea".
Or, to minimize chances of a misspelling, try just "Carex le".
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Or try alternate spellings: If "wooly" doesn't work, try "woolly" or just "wool".