OF THE CAROLINAS & GEORGIA

Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Magnoliids: Piperales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA OF THE SOUTHEASTERN US (5/21/15):
Hexastylis heterophylla   FAMILY Aristolochiaceae   Go to FSUS key


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Hexastylis heterophylla   FAMILY Aristolochiaceae

INCLUDED WITHIN Manual of Vascular Plants of NE US & Adjacent Canada (Gleason & Cronquist,1991)
Hexastylis virginicum

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of West Virginia (Strausbaugh & Core, 1978)
Asarum heterophyllum

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 062-03-006:
Hexastylis heterophylla   FAMILY Aristolochiaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Heartleaf Ginger, Variable-leaf Heartleaf, Wild Ginger


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JK Marlow    jkm080329_025

March    Pickens County    SC

Keowee Toxaway State Natural Area

image of Hexastylis heterophylla, Heartleaf Ginger, Variable-leaf Heartleaf, Wild Ginger

JK Marlow    jkm080329_032

March    Pickens County    SC

Keowee Toxaway State Natural Area

H. heterophylla is probably the most variable species in the genus, per A Review of the Taxonomy & Biogeography of Hexastylis, Aristolochiaceae. Castanea (L.L. Gaddy, 1987).

image of Hexastylis heterophylla, Heartleaf Ginger, Variable-leaf Heartleaf, Wild Ginger

JK Marlow    jkm090321_209

March    Greenville County    SC

Chestnut Ridge Heritage Preserve

Southern populations have small unflared flowers, per A Review of the Taxonomy & Biogeography of Hexastylis, Aristolochiaceae. Castanea (L.L. Gaddy, 1987).

image of Hexastylis heterophylla, Heartleaf Ginger, Variable-leaf Heartleaf, Wild Ginger

JK Marlow    jkm100402_044

April    Oconee County    SC

Jocassee Gorges

Northern populations have large prominently-flared flowers, per A Review of the Taxonomy & Biogeography of Hexastylis, Aristolochiaceae. Castanea (L.L. Gaddy, 1987).

image of Hexastylis heterophylla, Heartleaf Ginger, Variable-leaf Heartleaf, Wild Ginger

JK Marlow    jkm200418_3933

April    Greenville County    SC

Ashmore Heritage Preserve

image of Hexastylis heterophylla, Heartleaf Ginger, Variable-leaf Heartleaf, Wild Ginger

JK Marlow    jkm200418_3935

April    Greenville County    SC

Ashmore Heritage Preserve

image of Hexastylis heterophylla, Heartleaf Ginger, Variable-leaf Heartleaf, Wild Ginger

Steve Marlow    snm090412_049

April    Greenville County    SC

Chestnut Ridge Heritage Preserve

Occasionally populations with flowers the size of H. naniflora are found, per A Review of the Taxonomy & Biogeography of Hexastylis, Aristolochiaceae. Castanea (L.L. Gaddy, 1987).

image of Hexastylis heterophylla, Heartleaf Ginger, Variable-leaf Heartleaf, Wild Ginger

JK Marlow    jkm060506_141

May    Pickens County    SC

Clemson Forest

image of Hexastylis heterophylla, Heartleaf Ginger, Variable-leaf Heartleaf, Wild Ginger

JK Marlow    jkm060506_143

May    Pickens County    SC

Clemson Forest

If leaves are mottled, the paler portions are along the veins, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Hexastylis heterophylla, Heartleaf Ginger, Variable-leaf Heartleaf, Wild Ginger

JK Marlow    jkm071101_002

November    Oconee County    SC

Sumter National Forest: Andrew Pickens Ranger District

Leaves usually solid green (sometimes variegated), per Weakley's Flora.

image of Hexastylis heterophylla, Heartleaf Ginger, Variable-leaf Heartleaf, Wild Ginger

JK Marlow    s071101_c

November    Oconee County    SC

Sumter National Forest: Andrew Pickens Ranger District

Leaves with cordate base, all portions of the sides convex, per Weakley's Flora.

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA OF THE SOUTHEASTERN US (5/21/15):
Hexastylis heterophylla   FAMILY Aristolochiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Hexastylis heterophylla   FAMILY Aristolochiaceae

INCLUDED WITHIN Manual of Vascular Plants of NE US & Adjacent Canada (Gleason & Cronquist,1991)
Hexastylis virginicum

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of West Virginia (Strausbaugh & Core, 1978)
Asarum heterophyllum

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 062-03-006:
Hexastylis heterophylla   FAMILY Aristolochiaceae

 

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Forb
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Habitat: Slopes and bluffs in xeric to mesic forests, usually associated with Kalmia latifolia, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Evergreen
Simple
Plant acaulescent (without aerial stems). Leaves alternate, 2-ranked

RHIZOMES? STOLONS?
Rhizomatous

FLOWER:
Spring
Pale purplish/ Purplish-brown
Bisexual
3-merous
3-lobed cylindrical calyx tube
Petals absent
12 stamens
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Spring
Capsule

 

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