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

Look for it in moist forests, roadbanks, forest edges, per Weakley's Flora

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partial shade shade ...Moist ...Dry

LEAVES:
Compound: 3 leaflets
Alternate

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
White
Radially symmetrical
5-lobed calyx
5 petals
20 stamens (enclosed in the throat of the hypanthium)

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Capsule

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Fabids: Rosales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Gillenia trifoliata   FAMILY Rosaceae

(?) PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Gillenia trifoliata   FAMILY Rosaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 097-13-001:
Gillenia trifoliata   FAMILY Rosaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Synthesis of the North American Flora (Kartesz, 1999)
Porteranthus trifoliatus

 

COMMON NAME:
Bowman's Root, Mountain Indian Physic, Fawn's Breath


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_potr11_001_lvd

        

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JK Marlow    jkm0305r_13

May    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

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JK Marlow    jkm0305r_16

May    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

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JK Marlow    jkm100514_001

May    Greenville County    SC

Ashmore Heritage Preserve

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JK Marlow    jkm100514_172

May    Greenville County    SC

Ashmore Heritage Preserve

The hypanthium (formed from fusion of sepals, petals & stamens) is turbinate, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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Patrick D. McMillan    pdmgtrifoliata_lr1

May    Pickens County    SC

Table Rock State Park

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Keith Bradley    kab_g_trifoliata_0049

June    Burke County    NC

Pisgah National Forest

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JK Marlow    s080621_a

June    Transylvania County    NC

DuPont State Forest

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JK Marlow    s090613_a

June    Greenville County    SC

Ashmore Heritage Preserve

Three narrow leaflets, 2-4" long, that taper at both ends, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.


click here to see other plants that look similar to this COMPARE leaves of Bowman's Root and Indian Physic

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Tim Spira    tpsgtrifoliata2

June        

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JK Marlow    jkm080726_094

July    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

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JK Marlow    jkm080802_055

August    Jackson County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

Capsules 4.5-5mm long, pubescent to glabrate, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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JK Marlow    jkm0410p_04

October    Oconee County    SC

Roadside

Five linear, slightly twisted, unequal petals, per Wild Flowers of NC, 1st edition.