Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


786

Forb
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common

Look for it in wet savannas, pocosin edges, shores of Coastal Plain depression ponds, ditches, wet disturbed ground, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun ...Wet

LEAVES:
Simple
Mostly basal, with some reduced alternate

RHIZOMES? STOLONS?
Rhizomes slender, elongate

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Creamy yellowish
Bisexual
6 persistent tepals
3 stamens
Inferior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Capsule

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Monocots: Commelinids: Commelinales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Lachnanthes caroliniana   FAMILY Haemodoraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH (ORTHOGRAPHIC VARIANT) PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Lachnanthes caroliana   FAMILY Haemodoraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 045-01-001:
Lachnanthes caroliniana   FAMILY Haemodoraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Gyrotheca tinctoria

 

COMMON NAME:
Redroot


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_gyti_001_lvd

        

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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide    pnd_laca5_003_lvd

        

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JK Marlow    jkm160416_217

April    Lowndes County    GA

Leaves distichous and bases overlapping (like Iris). Roots and rhizomes red, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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JK Marlow    jkm160416_219

April    Lowndes County    GA

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Will Stuart    wil_9091111319_76e44f20b2

June    Chesterfield County    SC

Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge

A solitary, terminal, branching inflorescence of small, woolly 1/2" flowers, per Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers.

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Will Stuart    wil_9091124679_cf7393ce18

June    Chesterfield County    SC

Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_l_caroliniana_18

July        

Stems distally whitish villous-tomentose when young, becoming tawny-hoary, per Flora of North America.

image of Lachnanthes caroliniana

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_l_caroliniana_18b

July        

Tepals erect-spreading at anthesis, pale yellow, per Flora of North America.

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_l_caroliniana_18c

July        

Stamens spreading at anthesis; anthers yellow; style just exceeding anthers, per Flora of North America.