OF THE CAROLINAS & GEORGIA

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA OF THE SOUTHEASTERN US (4/24/22):
Ruellia purshiana   FAMILY Acanthaceae   Go to FSUS key


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Ruellia purshiana   FAMILY Acanthaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 171-03-003:
Ruellia purshiana   FAMILY Acanthaceae

INCLUDED WITHIN Britton & Brown Illus Flora of Northeast US & adjacent Canada (Gleason, 1952)
Ruellia pedunculata

 

COMMON NAME:
Pursh's Wild-petunia


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image of Ruellia purshiana, Pursh's Wild-petunia

Douglas Houck    dhk_4055

May    McCormick County    SC

Stevens Creek Heritage Preserve

Flowers usually solitary on axillary peduncles at middle and lower nodes, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Ruellia purshiana, Pursh's Wild-petunia

Douglas Houck    dhk_4058

May    McCormick County    SC

Stevens Creek Heritage Preserve

Calyx lobes usually puberulent and pubescent, linear-setaceous, 2-2.5cm long, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Ruellia purshiana, Pursh's Wild-petunia

Douglas Houck    dhk_4101

May    McCormick County    SC

Stevens Creek Heritage Preserve

image of Ruellia purshiana, Pursh's Wild-petunia

Douglas Houck    dhk_4152

May    McCormick County    SC

Stevens Creek Heritage Preserve

image of Ruellia purshiana, Pursh's Wild-petunia

JK Marlow    jkm180506_473

May    Crawford County    GA

Plant unbranched or sparsely branched. Leaves ovate, lanceolate or elliptic, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Ruellia purshiana, Pursh's Wild-petunia

JK Marlow    jkm180506_497

May    Crawford County    GA

image of Ruellia purshiana, Pursh's Wild-petunia

JK Marlow    jkm180506_497b

May    Crawford County    GA

Calyx pubescent, without cystoliths; calyx lobes 0.7-1.2 mm wide, per Weakley's Flora (2018).

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA OF THE SOUTHEASTERN US (4/24/22):
Ruellia purshiana   FAMILY Acanthaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Ruellia purshiana   FAMILY Acanthaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 171-03-003:
Ruellia purshiana   FAMILY Acanthaceae

INCLUDED WITHIN Britton & Brown Illus Flora of Northeast US & adjacent Canada (Gleason, 1952)
Ruellia pedunculata

 

Find by SCIENTIFIC NAME:

3513

Forb
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Uncommon in Piedmont of GA & SC, rare elsewhere in GA-NC-SC

Habitat: Dry woodlands and forests, especially over mafic or calcareous rocks, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Simple
Opposite
Petioles to 10mm long

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Blue-violet (rarely pink)
Bisexual
5-lobed calyx
5-lobed funnelform corolla
4 included stamens
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer/Fall

 

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