Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Forb
Perennial

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

Common in NC Mtns, uncommon in SC Mtns & NC Pdmt, rare elsewhere

Look for it in seepages, moist open places, per Weakley's Flora

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...Wet ...Moist

LEAVES:
Simple
Mostly opposite

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Pinkish, white
4-merous
4 sepals
4 petals
8 stamens
Inferior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Capsule

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Malvids: Myrtales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Epilobium coloratum   FAMILY Onagraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Epilobium coloratum   FAMILY Onagraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 137-03-003:
Epilobium coloratum   FAMILY Onagraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Epilobium coloratum

 

COMMON NAME:
Purple-leaved Willow-herb, Bronze Willow-herb, Eastern Willow-herb


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_epco_001_lvd

        

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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide    pnd_epco_003_lvd

        

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Gill Newberry    gn09_e_coloratum_branch

September        

There are some difficulties in distinguishing this and E. ciliatum in our area, per Weakley's Flora.

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Gill Newberry    gn09_e_coloratum_closeup

September        

The flowers are less than 1/4" wide, with pink or white notched petals, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

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Gill Newberry    gn09_e_coloratum_closeup2

September        

Sepals ovate, 2.5-3mm long, pubescent, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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Gill Newberry    gn09_e_coloratum_flowers

September        

Leaves narrowly lanceolate & fine-toothed, their bases decurrent on the stem, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

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Gill Newberry    gn09_e_coloratum_habit

September        

A freely branched perennial to 3' tall. Stem & branches often red-purple, per Wildflowers of Tennessee.