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

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

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

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

JK Marlow    jkm0510b_12

October    Oconee County    SC

Sumter National Forest: Andrew Pickens Ranger District

image of Gentiana decora

JK Marlow    jkm061103_018

November    Oconee County    SC

Sumter National Forest: Andrew Pickens Ranger District