Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


3513

Forb
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Uncommon (rare in Mountains, rare in NC)

Look for it in dry woodlands and forests, especially over mafic or calcareous rocks, per Weakley's Flora

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...Dry

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Ruellia purshiana   FAMILY Acanthaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Ruellia purshiana   FAMILY Acanthaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 171-03-003:
Ruellia purshiana   FAMILY Acanthaceae

LESS THAN 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

Douglas Houck    dhk_4055

May    McCormick County    SC

Stevens Creek Heritage Preserve

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

image of Ruellia purshiana

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

Douglas Houck    dhk_4101

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

Douglas Houck    dhk_4152

May    McCormick County    SC

Stevens Creek Heritage Preserve