Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


995

Forb
Perennial

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

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

Look for it in moist fertile forests, per Weakley's Flora

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shade ...Moist

LEAVES:
Ternately & pinnately decompound
Alternate

FLOWER:
Spring
White
Radially symmetrical
5-merous
Inferior ovary
Flowers in compound umbels

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer
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):
Osmorhiza longistylis   FAMILY Apiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Osmorhiza longistylis   FAMILY Apiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 140-08-002:
Osmorhiza longistylis   FAMILY Apiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH (MISSPELLED) Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Osmorrhiza longistylis

 

COMMON NAME:
Anise-root, Smooth Sweet Cicely


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_walo2_001_lvd

        

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JK Marlow    jkm090102_085

January    Walker County    GA

The Pocket on Pigeon Mountain

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JK Marlow    jkm090102_092

January    Walker County    GA

The Pocket on Pigeon Mountain

Roots, stems, leaves and fruits have the scent of anise or licorice, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_osmorhiza_longistylis

March        

Umbellets 4-6(8) per umbel, on rays 1.5-5(7.5)cm long: umbel rather crowded, per Weakley's Flora.

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Patrick D. McMillan    pdmolongistylis_wads

April    Pickens County    SC

Jocassee Gorges

Flowers (6)9-18 per umbellet..., umbel rather crowded, per Weakley's Flora.

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_o_longistylis_2

April        

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Patrick D. McMillan    pdmolongistylis_swain1

May    Swain County    NC

Egg-shaped leaflets deeply lobed & toothed. Stem nearly smooth (occ. hairy), per Newcomb's Wildflower Guide.


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Patrick D. McMillan    pdmolongistylis_wos1

May        NC-TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Similar to O. claytonii, but anise-scented & styles much longer than petals, per Wildflowers of Tennessee.

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JK Marlow    jkm0406h_32

June    Macon County    NC

Nantahala National Forest: Wayah Bald

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Patrick D. McMillan    pdmolongistyl_flatcreek1

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