Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


4400

Forb
Perennial

Native to North Carolina

Documented growing wild in - NC -

Rare

Look for it on moist slopes, creekbanks, and rock outcrops in humid escarpment gorges with high rainfall, generally in deep shade under Rhododendron maximum, at elevations of 350-550m. This species is known only from McDowell County, NC, where it occurs on several tributaries of the Catawba River and North Fork Catawba River. ... This area is disjunct about 100 kilometers to the northeast along the Blue Ridge Escarpment from the range of S. galacifolia, per Weakley's Flora

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shade ...Moist

LEAVES:
Evergreen
Simple
Basal

FLOWER:
Spring
White/Pinkish
Radially symmetrical
5 sepals barely united at base
5-lobed campanulate corolla
5 stamens & 5 very short staminodia

FRUIT:
Summer
Capsule

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Ericales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (10/20/20):
Shortia brevistyla   FAMILY Diapensiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Shortia galacifolia var. brevistyla   FAMILY Diapensiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Shortia brevistyla ... (Diapensiaceae), a narrow endemic from the headwaters of the Catawba River in NC (Gaddy et al., 2019)
Shortia brevistyla

INCLUDED WITHIN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 146-01-001?:
Shortia galacifolia   FAMILY Diapensiaceae

INCLUDED WITHIN Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Sherwoodia galacifolia

 

COMMON NAME:
Northern Shortia


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