Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Forb
Perennial

Native to North Carolina & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC -

Common in NC, rare in GA

Look for it in moist forests, esp & cove forests at moderate to high elevations, per Weakley's Flora

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partial shade shade ...Moist

LEAVES:
Simple
Basal & opposite (1 pair of stem leaves)

FLOWER:
Spring
White/Pink
Bisexual
Radially symmetrical
2 persistent sepals
5 petals
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Spring
Capsule

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Caryophyllales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Claytonia caroliniana   FAMILY Montiaceae

GREATER THAN PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Claytonia caroliniana +   FAMILY Portulacaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 070-01-002:
Claytonia caroliniana   FAMILY Portulacaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Carolina Spring-beauty


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image of Claytonia caroliniana

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_c_caroliniana_3

February        

Showy, pink-veined flowers borne in a loose raceme of 2-18 flowers, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

image of Claytonia caroliniana

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_claytonia_caroliniana

March        

image of Claytonia caroliniana

JK Marlow    jkm070422_006

April    Buncombe County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

image of Claytonia caroliniana

JK Marlow    jkm070422_015

April    Buncombe County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

image of Claytonia caroliniana

JK Marlow    jkm070422_035

April    Buncombe County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

Leaf blade 1.5-7cm x 1.5-3.5cm, clearly differentiated from the petiole, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.


click here to see other plants that look similar to this COMPARE leaves of Spring Beauty species

image of Claytonia caroliniana

JK Marlow    jkm140419_400

April    Sevier County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

image of Claytonia caroliniana

Keith Bradley    kab_c_caroliniana_1885

April    Sevier County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

image of Claytonia caroliniana

Keith Bradley    kab_c_caroliniana_1914

April    Swain County    NC

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

image of Claytonia caroliniana

Tim Spira    tps_ccaroliniana

May        

image of Claytonia caroliniana

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_c_caroliniana_c

July        

Sepals persistent, leaflike, unequal, 3-5mm, per Flora of North America.