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 (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 106-01-009b:
Polygala verticillata var. ambigua   FAMILY Polygalaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Alternate Milkwort, Loose Milkwort, Whorled Milkwort


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image of Polygala ambigua, Alternate Milkwort, Loose Milkwort, Whorled Milkwort

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

        

image of Polygala ambigua, Alternate Milkwort, Loose Milkwort, Whorled Milkwort

JK Marlow    jkm140617_059

June    Greenville County    SC

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

image of Polygala ambigua, Alternate Milkwort, Loose Milkwort, Whorled Milkwort

JK Marlow    jkm140617_059b

June    Greenville County    SC

Racemes 2-5cm long, becoming interrupted below thru persistence of fruits, per Weakley's Flora (2012).

image of Polygala ambigua, Alternate Milkwort, Loose Milkwort, Whorled Milkwort

JK Marlow    jkm140617_061

June    Greenville County    SC

Leaves whorled, at least at the principal lower nodes, per Weakley's Flora (2012).

image of Polygala ambigua, Alternate Milkwort, Loose Milkwort, Whorled Milkwort

JK Marlow    jkm140617_065

June    Greenville County    SC

image of Polygala ambigua, Alternate Milkwort, Loose Milkwort, Whorled Milkwort

JK Marlow    jkm140718_905

July    Spartanburg County    SC