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

Common

Look for it in mesic forests, pine savannas, meadows, from 5 to at least 1600m in elevation, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade ...Moist

LEAVES:
Simple
Mostly basal

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
White
Bisexual, or both bisexual & unisexual on the same or different plants
Radially symmetrical
6 persistent tepals
6 stamens
Ovary superior to partly inferior
Inflorescence a raceme

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Capsule

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Monocots: Liliales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Amianthium muscitoxicum   FAMILY Melanthiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Amianthium muscitoxicum   FAMILY Liliaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH (ORTHOGRAPHIC VARIANT) VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 041-21-001:
Amianthium muscaetoxicum   FAMILY Liliaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Chrosperma muscaetoxicum

 

COMMON NAME:
Fly-poison


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_chmu5_001_lvd

        

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JK Marlow    jkm110417_081

April    Cleburne County    AL

Mount Cheaha

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Wesley Burnett    gwb070528_0671

May    Laurens County    SC

Sumter National Forest: Tyger Ranger District

Terminal racemes can be conical or cylindrical, 1.25-4.5" tall, per Wildflowers in the Field and Forest.

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JK Marlow    jkm070528_122

May    Laurens County    SC

Sumter National Forest: Tyger Ranger District

Leaves are linear and up to 3/4" wide, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

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JK Marlow    jkm110510_347

May    Abbeville County    SC

Parson's Mountain Recreation Area

Stem terminated by a cone-shaped, 2-4", many-flowered inflorescence, per Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers.


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JK Marlow    jkm110510_350

May    Abbeville County    SC

Parson's Mountain Recreation Area

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JK Marlow    jkm120505_324

May    Rabun County    GA

Chattahoochee National Forest

Basal lvs' main veins parallel, diverging at leaf base & rejoining at the apex, per Weakley's Flora.

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JK Marlow    jkm160504_427

May    Jackson County    NC

Panthertown

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_a_muscaetoxicum_sf_3c

May        

An erect perennial herb that grows to 3' tall, per Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers.

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Keith Bradley    kab_a_muscitoxicum_9672

June    Henderson County    NC

Pisgah National Forest

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Keith Bradley    kab_a_muscitoxicum_9701

June    Henderson County    NC

Pisgah National Forest

A terminal raceme [flowers maturing from the bottom upwards], per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

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Jerry Bright    jeb_flypoison

July    Haywood County    NC

Pisgah National Forest: Pisgah Ranger District

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Jerry Bright    jeb_mg_0585

July    Haywood County?    NC

Pisgah National Forest: Pisgah Ranger District

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JK Marlow    jkm090709_191

July    Haywood County    NC

Pisgah National Forest: Pisgah Ranger District

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JK Marlow    jkm080802_060c

August    Jackson County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

The perianth turns green after pollination and remains so for some time, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

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Steve Marlow    snm140816_050

August    Jackson County    NC

High Hampton Inn

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Steve Marlow    snm140816_051

August    Jackson County    NC

High Hampton Inn

Capsules deeply 3-lobed, thin-walled, dehiscence septicidal then loculicidal, per Flora of North America.