Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


676

Forb
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas
Documented growing wild in - NC SC

Common in NC Piedmont, uncommon in SC Piedmont, rare elsewhere

Look for it in upland or moist forests, per Weakley's Flora

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...Moist

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

FRUIT:
Spring
Capsule

 

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Hexastylis minor   FAMILY Aristolochiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Hexastylis minor   FAMILY Aristolochiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 062-03-005:
Hexastylis minor   FAMILY Aristolochiaceae

LESS THAN Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Hexastylis virginica

SYNONYMOUS WITH Asarum minus

 

COMMON NAME:
Little Heartleaf, Small Heartleaf Ginger


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Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_hexastylis_minor_7956

March    Catawba County    NC

Leaves rounded, all portions of the sides convex, always strongly variegated, per Weakley's Flora.

picture of Hexastylis minor, image of Hexastylis minor

David Campbell    mdc_3388

April    Union County    NC

picture of Hexastylis minor, image of Hexastylis minor

David Campbell    mdc_3395_1

April    Union County    NC

The sepals form a cup with 3 spreading lobes about 6-9mm long. Petals absent, per Wildflowers of the Sandhills Region.