Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


3485

Forb
Perennial

Native to North Carolina
Documented growing wild in - NC -

Rare, restricted to the higher mountains of NC south of Asheville

Look for it in moist, often seeping, more or less open sites on rocky slopes, per Weakley's Flora

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...Moist

LEAVES:
Simple
Opposite

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Blue
Radially symmetrical
5-lobed calyx
5-lobed corolla
5 stamens

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Capsule

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Lamiids: Gentianales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Gentiana latidens   FAMILY Gentianaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Gentiana saponaria var. latidens   FAMILY Gentianaceae

LESS THAN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 155-02-007?:
Gentiana clausa   FAMILY Gentianaceae

LESS THAN Synthesis of the North American Flora (Kartesz, 1999)
Gentiana clausa

 

COMMON NAME:
Balsam Mountain Gentian


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image of Gentiana latidens

JK Marlow    jkm080924_043

September    Jackson County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

Flowers are relatively large and not tightly closed, per Gentians of the Eastern US.

image of Gentiana latidens

JK Marlow    jkm090913_050

September    Transylvania County    NC

Stems can be up to 70cm tall, per Gentians of the Eastern US.

image of Gentiana latidens

JK Marlow    jkm090913_054

September    Transylvania County    NC

image of Gentiana latidens

JK Marlow    jkm090913_059

September    Transylvania County    NC

Leaves are widest toward the clasping base & have an acute to acuminate tip, per Gentians of the Eastern US.

image of Gentiana latidens

JK Marlow    jkm090913_083

September    Transylvania County    NC

image of Gentiana latidens

JK Marlow    jkm130927_588

September    Transylvania County    NC

Calyx lobes larger & proportionately wider than other N. American gentians, per Gentians of the Eastern US.

image of Gentiana latidens

L.L. (Chick) Gaddy    llg_balsammtgentian

September?        NC