Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


681

Forb
Perennial

Native to North Carolina & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC -

Common in NC Piedmont, uncommon elsewhere in GA-NC

Look for it in upland forests, 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/Summer
Pale purplish/ Purplish-brown
Bisexual
3-merous
3-lobed cylindrical to narrowly cylindro-urceolate calyx tube
Petals absent
12 stamens

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer
Capsule

 

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

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

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Hexastylis virginica   FAMILY Aristolochiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 062-03-003:
Hexastylis virginica   FAMILY Aristolochiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Linnaeus
Asarum virginicum

GREATER THAN Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Hexastylis memmingeri

 

COMMON NAME:
Virginia Heartleaf, Virginia Ginger


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image of Hexastylis virginica

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_heme7_001_lvd

        

image of Hexastylis virginica

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_hevi3_001_lvd

        

image of Hexastylis virginica

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_h_virginica_13

May    Iredell County    NC

Leaves mottled or unmottled, if mottled, the paler areas along the veins, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Hexastylis virginica

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_h_virginica_40

May    Iredell County    NC

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

image of Hexastylis virginica

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_h_virginica_41

May    Iredell County    NC

Calyx lobes 2-4mm long, erect to slightly spreading, per A Review of the Taxonomy & Biogeography of Hexastylis, Aristolochiaceae. Castanea (L.L. Gaddy, 1987).

image of Hexastylis virginica

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_h_virginica_41b

May    Iredell County    NC

Calyx tube cylindrical to narrowly cylindro-urceolate, per A Review of the Taxonomy & Biogeography of Hexastylis, Aristolochiaceae. Castanea (L.L. Gaddy, 1987).