Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


3674

Forb
Perennial

Native to North Carolina
Documented growing wild in - NC -

Rare

Look for it in rich deciduous forests, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Deciduous
Simple
Plant acaulescent (without aerial stems). Leaves alternate (may appear opposite

RHIZOMES? STOLONS?
Rhizomatous

FLOWER:
Spring
Maroon/ Brownish-purple
Bisexual
Radially symmetrical
3-merous
3-lobed campanulate calyx
Petals absent, usually
12 stamens
Inferior ovary

FRUIT:
Spring
Capsule

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Magnoliids: Piperales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Asarum acuminatum   FAMILY Aristolochiaceae

LESS THAN PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Asarum canadense   FAMILY Aristolochiaceae

LESS THAN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 062-02-001?:
Asarum canadense   FAMILY Aristolochiaceae

GREATER THAN Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Asarum acuminatum

SYNONYMOUS WITH Gray's Manual of Botany (Fernald, 1950)
Asarum canadense var. acuminatum

 

COMMON NAME:
Wild Ginger


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image of Asarum acuminatum

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_asac7_001_lvd

        

image of Asarum acuminatum

JK Marlow    jkm080420_076

April    Sevier County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

A low plant with 2 heart-shaped leaves and a curious purple-brown flower, per Newcomb's Wildflower Guide.

image of Asarum acuminatum

JK Marlow    jkm080420_077

April    Sevier County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

image of Asarum acuminatum

JK Marlow    jkm080420_080

April    Sevier County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Calyx tube 10-20mm long. Calyx lobes erect, long-caudate, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Asarum acuminatum

JK Marlow    jkm080420_109

April    Sevier County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

image of Asarum acuminatum

JK Marlow    jkm150423_484

April    Sevier County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Calyx lobes long-caudate, 15-35mm long, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Asarum acuminatum

JK Marlow    jkm150423_488

April    Sevier County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

False calyx tube cylindric, externally hirsute (often densely), per Flora of North America.

image of Asarum acuminatum

JK Marlow    jkm160423_460

April    Sevier County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park