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WEAKLEY'S FLORA (10/20/20):
Houstonia montana   FAMILY Rubiaceae


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

INCLUDED WITHIN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 173-08-005?:
Houstonia purpurea   FAMILY Rubiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Houstonia montana

SYNONYMOUS WITH -
Hedyotis purpurea var. montana

 

COMMON NAME:
Roan Mountain Bluet


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image of Houstonia montana, Roan Mountain Bluet

JK Marlow    jkm0407v_37

July    Mitchell County    NC

The Roan Highlands

Leaves ovate and shorter than H. purpurea, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (10/20/20):
Houstonia montana   FAMILY Rubiaceae

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

INCLUDED WITHIN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 173-08-005?:
Houstonia purpurea   FAMILY Rubiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Houstonia montana

SYNONYMOUS WITH -
Hedyotis purpurea var. montana

 

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698

Forb
Perennial

Native to North Carolina

Documented growing wild in - NC -

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

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

map
Click here to see a more detailed map from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Herbarium,

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LEAVES:
Simple
Opposite (basal leaves absent or withered at flowering)
Margins entire

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

FRUIT:
Summer
Capsule

 

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