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 (uncommon in NC-SC Coastal Plain and GA Piedmont)

Look for it in wide variety of forests & openings, including pine savannas of the outer Coastal Plain, ranging from moist to very dry, per Weakley's Flora

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partial shade shade ...Moist ...Variable ...Dry

LEAVES:
Simple
Whorls of 3-6

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Yellow
Radially symmetrical
5-lobed calyx
5-lobed rotate corolla
5 stamens, united into a conspicuous tube
Superior ovary
Flowers solitary in upper leaf axils

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Capsule

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Ericales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Lysimachia quadrifolia   FAMILY Primulaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Lysimachia quadrifolia   FAMILY Primulaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 147-02-006:
Lysimachia quadrifolia   FAMILY Primulaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Whorled Loosestrife


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_lyqu2_001_lvd

        

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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide    pnd_lyqu2_005_lvd

        

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JK Marlow    jkm140420_482

April    Greenville County    SC

Chandler Heritage Preserve

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JK Marlow    jkm140420_485

April    Greenville County    SC

Chandler Heritage Preserve

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JK Marlow    jkm090510_026

May        

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JK Marlow    jkm090510_029

May        

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_l_quadrifolia_2

May        

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_l_quadrifolia_3

May        

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_l_quadrifolia_4

May        

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Steve Marlow    snm160531_023

May    Pickens County    SC

Table Rock State Park

A good opportunity to compare Whorled Coreopsis to Whorled Loosestrife!

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Steve Marlow    snm160531_026

May    Pickens County    SC

Table Rock State Park

Leaves in whorls of 3-7, usually 4-5, broadly to narrowly lanceolate, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.


click here to see other plants that look similar to this COMPARE leaves of Indian Cucumberroot, Starry Campion, Whorled Coreopsis and Loosestrife

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Steve Marlow    snm160531_027

May    Pickens County    SC

Table Rock State Park

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JK Marlow    jkm0506o_24

June    Swain County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

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Keith Bradley    kab_l_quadrifolia_9645

June    Henderson County    NC

Pisgah National Forest: Pisgah Ranger District

Flowers star-shaped, about 1/2" across, marked with red in the center, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

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Tim Spira    tpslquadrifolia

June        

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JK Marlow    jkm090726_037

July    Buncombe County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

Flowers borne on long slender stalks, one in the axil of each median leaf, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.