Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


948

Forb
Perennial

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

Rare

Look for it in dry to mesic upland woods under oaks and/or pines (Pinus virginiana or P. echinata), esp slopes or bluffs with abundant heaths, often including Kalmia latifolia and/or Rhododendron maximum, per Weakley's Flora

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...Moist ...Dry

LEAVES:
Simple

FLOWER:
Spring
Pinkish/ Purplish-brown
Bisexual
5 sepals
5 petals
10 stamens
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer
Berry

 

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Monotropsis odorata   FAMILY Ericaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Monotropsis odorata   FAMILY Monotropaceae

GREATER THAN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 145-04-001:
Monotropsis odorata +   FAMILY Ericaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Appalachian Pygmy Pipes, Sweet Pinesap


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_mood2_001_lvd

        

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Diane Creaton    dmc01349

March    Oconee County    SC

Devils Fork State Park

The flowers' odor variously compared to cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon & violets, per Weakley's Flora.

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JK Marlow    jkm0403k_24

March    Oconee County    SC

Oconee State Park

Numerous fragrant purplish flowers barely extend past stem's brown scales, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.


click here to see other plants that look similar to this COMPARE Indian Pipes, Pinesap and Pygmy Pipes

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JK Marlow    jkm0403k_32

March    Oconee County    SC

Oconee State Park

A superior ovary with capitate [head-like] stigma, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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JK Marlow    jkm0403k_35

March    Oconee County    SC

Oconee State Park

Easily overlooked, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

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Keith Bradley    kab_m_odorata_1802

March    Oconee County    SC

Devils Fork State Park

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Keith Bradley    kab_m_odorata_1812

March    Oconee County    SC

Devils Fork State Park

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JK Marlow    s040321_a

March    Oconee County    SC

Devils Fork State Park

The stems have many light brown overlapping scales in place of leaves, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

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JK Marlow    jkm150424_751

April    Blount County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Patrick D. McMillan    pdmmonotropsis_odorata

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