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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Monocots: Liliales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA OF THE SOUTHEASTERN US (4/24/22):
Clintonia borealis   FAMILY Liliaceae   Go to FSUS key


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Clintonia borealis   FAMILY Liliaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Clintonia borealis

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 041-05-001:
Clintonia borealis   FAMILY Liliaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Clintonia borealis

 

COMMON NAME:
Bluebead-lily, Clinton's Lily, Yellow Clintonia, Yellow Bead Lily


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_clbo3_001_lvd

        

image of Clintonia borealis, Bluebead-lily, Clinton's Lily, Yellow Clintonia, Yellow Bead Lily

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide    pnd_clbo3_006_lvd

        

image of Clintonia borealis, Bluebead-lily, Clinton's Lily, Yellow Clintonia, Yellow Bead Lily

Keith Bradley    kab_c_borealis_8233

May    Swain County    NC

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Tepals dull yellow or greenish-yellow, somewhat spreading and ~ 2/3" long, per Vascular Plants of North Carolina.

image of Clintonia borealis, Bluebead-lily, Clinton's Lily, Yellow Clintonia, Yellow Bead Lily

Will Stuart    wil_6037903909_c6bf79f3ea

May    Avery County    NC

Underground runners allow a single plant to comprise multiple rosettes, per Wildflowers & Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont.

image of Clintonia borealis, Bluebead-lily, Clinton's Lily, Yellow Clintonia, Yellow Bead Lily

Will Stuart    wil_6037904521_82d6567813

May    Avery County    NC

A short terminal raceme of 3-8 nodding, greenish-yellow flowers, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

image of Clintonia borealis, Bluebead-lily, Clinton's Lily, Yellow Clintonia, Yellow Bead Lily

Tim Spira    tps_cborealis5

June        

2-5 dark green, glossy, basal leaves, the margins fringed with a few hairs, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

image of Clintonia borealis, Bluebead-lily, Clinton's Lily, Yellow Clintonia, Yellow Bead Lily

Will Stuart    wil_6038453806_d8391ed95e

August    Avery County    NC

Fruit a bright blue ovoid berry, per Wildflowers & Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont.

image of Clintonia borealis, Bluebead-lily, Clinton's Lily, Yellow Clintonia, Yellow Bead Lily

Dena Hayworth    den_091419_1612

September    Swain County    NC

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA OF THE SOUTHEASTERN US (4/24/22):
Clintonia borealis   FAMILY Liliaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Clintonia borealis   FAMILY Liliaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Clintonia borealis

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 041-05-001:
Clintonia borealis   FAMILY Liliaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Clintonia borealis

 

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348

Forb
Perennial

Native to North Carolina & Georgia

Common in NC Mountains (historically in GA, but not recently seen)

Habitat: spruce-fir forests, northern hardwood forests, less commonly in red oak forests, cool rocky seepages, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Simple
Basal

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Yellow/ Yellowish-green
Bisexual
Radially symmetrical
6 caducous tepals
Superior ovary

Flowers in a short terminal raceme

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Blue
Berry

 

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