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

Uncommon, endemic to the Southern Appalachians

Look for it in acidic soils in deciduous and deciduous-coniferous forests, often along creeks under Rhododendron maximum, per Weakley's Flora

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shade ...Moist

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

RHIZOMES? STOLONS?
Rhizomatous

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Pale purplish/ Purplish-brown
Bisexual
3-merous
3-lobed urceolate-campanulate calyx tube
Petals absent
12 stamens

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer
Capsule

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Hexastylis shuttleworthii var. shuttleworthii   FAMILY Aristolochiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Hexastylis shuttleworthii var. shuttleworthii   FAMILY Aristolochiaceae

LESS THAN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 062-03-007:
Hexastylis shuttleworthii   FAMILY Aristolochiaceae

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

SYNONYMOUS WITH New combinations in North American Asarum (Aristolochiaceae) (Barringer, 1993)
Asarum shuttleworthii var. shuttleworthii

 

COMMON NAME:
Large-flower Heartleaf, Wild Ginger


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picture of Hexastylis shuttleworthii, image of Hexastylis shuttleworthii var. shuttleworthii

JK Marlow    jkm080329_021

March    Pickens County    SC

Keowee Toxaway State Natural Area

Calyx tube 15-40mm long, lobes 10-22mm wide at base, spreading ascending, per A Review of the Taxonomy & Biogeography of Hexastylis, Aristolochiaceae. Castanea (L.L. Gaddy, 1987).

picture of Hexastylis shuttleworthii, image of Hexastylis shuttleworthii var. shuttleworthii

JK Marlow    jkm080329_024

March    Pickens County    SC

Keowee Toxaway State Natural Area

Leaves mottled - or not. If mottled, the paler portions along the veins, per Weakley's Flora.

picture of Hexastylis shuttleworthii, image of Hexastylis shuttleworthii var. shuttleworthii

JK Marlow    jkm130420_500

April    Transylvania County    NC

Foothills Trail

Internal ridged reticulation a regular open network, per A Review of the Taxonomy & Biogeography of Hexastylis, Aristolochiaceae. Castanea (L.L. Gaddy, 1987).

picture of Hexastylis shuttleworthii, image of Hexastylis shuttleworthii var. shuttleworthii

JK Marlow    jkm130420_505

April    Transylvania County    NC

Foothills Trail

The very large flowers make this species readily identifiable, per Guide to the Wildflowers of SC.

picture of Hexastylis shuttleworthii, image of Hexastylis shuttleworthii var. shuttleworthii

JK Marlow    jkm130420_512

April    Transylvania County    NC

Foothills Trail

picture of Hexastylis shuttleworthii, image of Hexastylis shuttleworthii var. shuttleworthii

JK Marlow    jkm130420_588

April    Transylvania County    NC

Foothills Trail

Stamens adnate to the pistil and erect; 6 separate, erect styles, per A Review of the Taxonomy & Biogeography of Hexastylis, Aristolochiaceae. Castanea (L.L. Gaddy, 1987).

picture of Hexastylis shuttleworthii, image of Hexastylis shuttleworthii var. shuttleworthii

JK Marlow    jkm160502_066

May    Macon County    NC

picture of Hexastylis shuttleworthii, image of Hexastylis shuttleworthii var. shuttleworthii

JK Marlow    jkm160502_067

May    Macon County    NC

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

picture of Hexastylis shuttleworthii, image of Hexastylis shuttleworthii var. shuttleworthii

JK Marlow    jkm160502_071

May    Macon County    NC

picture of Hexastylis shuttleworthii, image of Hexastylis shuttleworthii var. shuttleworthii

JK Marlow    jkm160516_774

May    Haywood County    NC

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