Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


470

Forb
Perennial

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

Common

Look for it on pondshores, in ditches, other moist to wet habitats, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun ...Wet ...Moist

LEAVES:
Simple
Opposite

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
White
Bisexual
Radially symmetrical
4-merous
2-lobed calyx
4-lobed salverform corolla
4 stamens

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Diodia virginiana   FAMILY Rubiaceae

GREATER THAN PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Diodia virginiana +   FAMILY Rubiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 173-03-001:
Diodia virginiana   FAMILY Rubiaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Virginia Buttonweed


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JK Marlow    jkm160515_662

May    McCormick County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm0507n_27

July    Greenville County    SC

Leaves are sessile and opposite; flowers 1 (rarely 2) per leaf axil, per Guide to the Wildflowers of SC.

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JK Marlow    jkm160726_029

July    Polk County    NC

Pearson's Falls

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JK Marlow    jkm160726_032

July    Polk County    NC

Pearson's Falls

Two 4-6mm long, linear-lanceolate sepals (vs. D. teres has 4 sepals), per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Diodia virginiana

JK Marlow    jkm080816_021

August    Greenville County    SC

Thin, narrowly lanceolate leaves up to 2" long, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

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JK Marlow    jkm080816_025b

August    Greenville County    SC

The white salverform flowers are sessile and borne in the leaf axils, per Wildflowers of Tennessee.

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JK Marlow    jkm080816_025c

August    Greenville County    SC

Connate stipules are one of the distinctive features of Rubiaceae, per Plant Systematics.

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JK Marlow    jkm160826_002

August    Greenville County    SC

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_diodia_virginiana

August        

The four stamens alternate with the four petals; the style is cleft, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.