Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


979

Forb
Perennial

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

Common (rare in Coastal Plain south of VA, uncommon in GA Piedmont)

Look for it in nutrient-rich, moist forests, mesic hammocks, per Weakley's Flora

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shade ...Moist

LEAVES:
Simple
Opposite

FLOWER:
Spring
White/ Purplish
Radially symmetrical
Calyx absent, flower subtended by 2 foliaceous bracts
4-lobed funnelform corolla
4 stamens

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer
Capsule

 

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Obolaria virginica   FAMILY Gentianaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Obolaria virginica   FAMILY Gentianaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 155-05-001:
Obolaria virginica   FAMILY Gentianaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Pennywort


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_obvi_001_lvd

        

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JK Marlow    jkm140322_315b

March    Oconee County    SC

Oconee Station/Station Cove

Flowers approximately 12mm long, four-lobed with pointed tips, per Gentians of the Eastern US.

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JK Marlow    jkm140322_386

March    Oconee County    SC

Oconee Station/Station Cove

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_o_virginica_1

March    Walker County    GA

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_obolaria_virginica

March        

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JK Marlow    jkm090404_331

April    Walker County    GA

Pigeon Mountain

Flowers subtended by obovate, wedge-shaped greenish-purple bracts of leaves, per Gentians of the Eastern US.

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JK Marlow    jkm120414_945

April    Pickens County    SC

Jocassee Gorges

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JK Marlow    jkm150423_606

April    Sevier County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Leaves thick and fleshy, greenish to greenish-purple, and 7-14mm long, per Gentians of the Eastern US.

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Patrick D. McMillan    pdmovirginica_jocassee

April    Pickens County    SC

Jocassee Gorges

Funnel-shaped corolla cleft to about the middle with 4 pointed lobes, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.