Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


3685

Forb
Annual

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

Common in Mountains, uncommon in Piedmont & Coastal Plain

Look for it in fields, woodlands, openings, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Simple
Whorled, or whorled & alternate, or a few opposite

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
White/ Greenish/ Pinkish
Bisexual
Bilaterally symmetrical
5 sepals (three small, two larger petaloid "wings")
3 petals united into a tube
8 stamens united to corolla tube in 2 rows

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Capsule

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Fabids: Fabales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Polygala ambigua   FAMILY Polygalaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Polygala ambigua   FAMILY Polygalaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 106-01-009b:
Polygala verticillata var. ambigua   FAMILY Polygalaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Loose Milkwort


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image of Polygala ambigua

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_poam9_001_lvd

        

image of Polygala ambigua

JK Marlow    jkm140617_059

June    Greenville County    SC

Racemes 3-6mm broad, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Polygala ambigua

JK Marlow    jkm140617_059b

June    Greenville County    SC

Racemes 2-5cm long, becoming interrupted below thru persistence of fruits, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Polygala ambigua

JK Marlow    jkm140617_061

June    Greenville County    SC

Leaves whorled, at least at the principal lower nodes, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Polygala ambigua

JK Marlow    jkm140617_065

June    Greenville County    SC

image of Polygala ambigua

JK Marlow    jkm140718_905

July    Spartanburg County    SC