Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


938

Forb
Perennial

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

Common

Look for it in deciduous & coniferous forests, streambanks, heath balds, maritime forests, on rotten logs, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade shade ...Wet ...Moist ...Dry

LEAVES:
Evergreen
Simple
Opposite

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
White
Bisexual
Radially symmetrical
4-lobed corolla
4 well exserted stamens

FRUIT:
Summer
Red/White
Berry

 

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



Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Lamiids: Gentianales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Mitchella repens   FAMILY Rubiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Mitchella repens   FAMILY Rubiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 173-06-001:
Mitchella repens   FAMILY Rubiaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Partridgeberry, Twinflower


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_mire_001_lvd

        

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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / US Forest Service    pnd_mire_005_lhd

        

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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide    pnd_mire_007_lvd

        

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Diane Creaton    dmc_mrepensfleucocarpa

February    Pickens County    SC

Keowee Toxaway State Natural Area

Mitchella repens f. leucocarpa - a naturally occurring form with white berries.

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_m_repens

March        

Flowers occur in pairs, then fuse to form a single berry-like fruit, per Wild Flowers of NC, 1st edition.

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Gill Newberry    gn05_m_repens_fruits

May        

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JK Marlow    jkm070506_062

May    Gaston County    NC

Redlair Farms

Emerging pairs of flower buds.

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JK Marlow    jkm080531_004b

May    Pickens County    SC

Keowee Toxaway State Natural Area

Fragrant, tubular flowers are borne in pairs on terminal stalks, per Wildflowers of Tennessee.

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Keith Bradley    kab_mitchella_repens_7723

May        NC

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Keith Bradley    kab_mitchella_repens_7734

May        NC

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Patrick D. McMillan    pdmmrepens_cainhoy

May    Berkeley County    SC

Francis Marion National Forest

Leaves slightly leathery, ovate to broadly heart-shaped, w whitish midvein, per Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses.

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Patrick D. McMillan    pdmmrepens_cainhoyb

May    Berkeley County    SC

Francis Marion National Forest

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Patrick D. McMillan    pdmmrepens_lr2

May    Pickens County    SC

Table Rock State Park

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_mitchella_repens_3

May        

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_mitchella_repens_3b

May        

The two corollas are quite hairy inside & have their ovaries united, per Wildflowers of Tennessee.

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JK Marlow    jkm130623_285

June    Greenville County    SC

Gateway Elementary School Nature Trail

Mitchella repens f. leucocarpa.

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Steve Marlow    snm160603_018

June        NC

Foothills Trail

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Tim Spira    tpsmrepens

June        

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Tim Spira    tpsmrepens2

June        

The bases of the 2 calyces are usually fused; calyx 3-4mm long, lobes minute, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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JK Marlow    jkm0311b_26

November    Sevier County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Dan Whitten    sdw121312_dsc00247

December    Pickens County    SC

Keowee Toxaway State Natural Area

Mitchella repens f. leucocarpa.