Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Forb
Perennial

Native to North Carolina
Documented growing wild in - NC -

Rare, endemic to the high Blue Ridge of nw. NC & ne. TN

Look for it in crevices of rock outcrops at summits of high elevation peaks of Southern Blue Ridge, also in thin frost-heaved gravelly soils of grassy balds near summit outcrops, from 1250-1950m in elevation, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Simple
Opposite

FLOWER:
Summer
Purple
Bisexual
Radially symmetrical
4 sepals
4-lobed funnelform corolla
4 included stamens

FRUIT:
Summer
Capsule

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Lamiids: Gentianales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Houstonia montana   FAMILY Rubiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Houstonia purpurea var. montana   FAMILY Rubiaceae

LESS THAN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 173-08-005?:
Houstonia purpurea   FAMILY Rubiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Hedyotis purpurea var. montana

 

COMMON NAME:
Roan Mountain Bluet