Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


603

Forb
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common (rare in Piedmont), endemic to the Southern Appalachians

Look for it in forests, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Simple
Opposite

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Whitish with light blue stripes
Radially symmetrical
5-lobed calyx
5-lobed corolla
5 stamens

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Capsule

 

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Gentiana decora   FAMILY Gentianaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Gentiana decora   FAMILY Gentianaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 155-02-006:
Gentiana decora   FAMILY Gentianaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Appalachian Gentian


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image of Gentiana decora, Appalachian Gentian

JK Marlow    jkm090913_018

September    Transylvania County    NC

Corolla tubes slightly to widely open, whitish with light blue stripes, per Gentians of the Eastern US.

image of Gentiana decora, Appalachian Gentian

JK Marlow    jkm090913_021

September    Transylvania County    NC

Upper leaves lanceolate- or ovate-elliptical, possibly with acuminate tips, per Gentians of the Eastern US.

image of Gentiana decora, Appalachian Gentian

JK Marlow    jkm090913_023

September    Transylvania County    NC

Calyx lobes relatively small, 2-8mm long, subulate to oblanceolate, per Gentians of the Eastern US.

image of Gentiana decora, Appalachian Gentian

JK Marlow    jkm190914_1558

September    Swain County    NC

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

image of Gentiana decora, Appalachian Gentian

JK Marlow    jkm0510b_12

October    Oconee County    SC

Sumter National Forest: Andrew Pickens Ranger District

image of Gentiana decora, Appalachian Gentian

JK Marlow    jkm061103_018

November    Oconee County    SC

Sumter National Forest: Andrew Pickens Ranger District