Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


828

Forb
Perennial

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

Common (uncommon in GA Piedmont) (rare in Coastal Plain)

Look for it in moist to dryish, nutrient-rich forests and woodlands, per Weakley's Flora

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...Moist ...Dry

LEAVES:
Ternately or pinnately decompound (uppermost sometimes simple)
Alternate

FLOWER:
Summer
White
Radially symmetrical
5-merous
5 stamens in staminate flowers
Inferior ovary
Flowers in compound umbels

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Schizocarp of two mericarps

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Campanulids: Apiales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Ligusticum canadense   FAMILY Apiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Ligusticum canadense   FAMILY Apiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 140-25-001:
Ligusticum canadense   FAMILY Apiaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
American Lovage


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_lica16_001_lvd

        

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JK Marlow    jkm090425_050

April    Pickens County    SC

Nine Times Preserve

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JK Marlow    jkm120517_070

May    Yancey County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

A stout, freely-branched perennial to 5' tall, per Wildflowers of Tennessee.

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JK Marlow    jkm120517_074

May    Yancey County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

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JK Marlow    jkm120517_808

May    Yancey County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

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JK Marlow    jkm140607_542

June    Jackson County    NC

Whiteside Mountain

The straightish and toothless basal portion of each leaflet is distinctive, per Weakley's Flora.


click here to see other plants that look similar to this COMPARE leaves of American Lovage, Hairy Angelica and Water Hemlock

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_ligusticum_canadenseb

June        

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JK Marlow    jkm090709_089

July    Haywood County    NC

Pisgah National Forest: Pisgah Ranger District

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JK Marlow    jkm090709_097

July    Haywood County    NC

Pisgah National Forest: Pisgah Ranger District

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JK Marlow    jkm090709_124

July    Haywood County    NC

Pisgah National Forest: Pisgah Ranger District

The petioles have narrow basal sheaths, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

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JK Marlow    jkm090709_125

July    Haywood County    NC

Pisgah National Forest: Pisgah Ranger District

Pollinator at work

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JK Marlow    jkm090709_128

July    Haywood County    NC

Pisgah National Forest: Pisgah Ranger District

The fruit is elliptic with narrowly winged ribs, per Wildflowers of Tennessee.

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JK Marlow    jkm090709_135

July    Haywood County    NC

Pisgah National Forest: Pisgah Ranger District

Pollinator at work

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JK Marlow    jkm090709_138

July    Haywood County    NC

Pisgah National Forest: Pisgah Ranger District

Umbels often doubly compound, per Wildflowers of Tennessee.

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JK Marlow    jkm090709_147

July    Haywood County    NC

Pisgah National Forest: Pisgah Ranger District

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JK Marlow    jkm090709_206

July    Haywood County    NC

Pisgah National Forest: Pisgah Ranger District

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JK Marlow    jkm140704_593

July    Jackson County    NC

Whiteside Mountain

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JK Marlow    jkm140704_594

July    Jackson County    NC

Whiteside Mountain

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JK Marlow    jkm180821_3934

August    Jackson County    NC

Whiteside Mountain

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JK Marlow    jkm150912_136

September    Clay County    NC

Nantahala National Forest: Tusquitee Ranger District

Lateral veins of each leaflet terminate at the points of the teeth, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

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JK Marlow    jkm150912_139

September    Clay County    NC

Nantahala National Forest: Tusquitee Ranger District