Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1010

Subshrub; Forb
Perennial
Monoecious

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

Rare

Look for it in moist rich woods, per Weakley's Flora

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shade ...Moist

LEAVES:
Semi-evergreen
Simple (lower leaves scale-like)
Alternate
Leaves have long petioles.

FLOWER:
Spring
White (filaments/stigmas/styles)
Unisexual
Sepals absent
Petals absent
4 stamens
Spikes arise from lower stem, staminate flowers above, pistillate (if any) below

FRUIT:
Summer
Capsule

 

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



Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Buxales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Pachysandra procumbens   FAMILY Buxaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Pachysandra procumbens   FAMILY Buxaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 108-01-001:
Pachysandra procumbens   FAMILY Buxaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Pachysandra procumbens

 

COMMON NAME:
Allegheny Spurge, Mountain Pachysandra


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_papr7_001_lvd

        

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Steve Marlow    snm079801_10

January    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

Old foliage remains if winter not too severe, becoming beautifully motled, per Gardening with the Native Plants of Tennessee.

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Ben Geer Keys    bgk1010_a

March        

In bud.

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JK Marlow    jkm080329_035

March    Pickens County    SC

Keowee Toxaway State Natural Area

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_p_procumbens

March        

Spike bears staminate flowers above, pistillate (if any) below, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_p_procumbens_3

March        

Leaves are crowded near summit, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_p_procumbens_4

March        

The showy flowers have large white stamens but no petals, per All About South Carolina Wildflowers.

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JK Marlow    jkm0404b_35

April    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

Spikes 4-5" tall, per All About South Carolina Wildflowers.

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JK Marlow    jkm120414_896

April    Pickens County    SC

Jocassee Gorges

Well-developed leaves clustered near stem apex; lower stem w scale-leaves only, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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JK Marlow    jkm120414_898

April    Pickens County    SC

Jocassee Gorges

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JK Marlow    jkm120414_932

April    Pickens County    SC

Jocassee Gorges

Leaves are bright green at first but become darker and mottled with age, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

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Tim Spira    tpspprocumbens

April        

1-5 fragrant flower spikes nestle at the base of a petiole , per All About South Carolina Wildflowers.

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JK Marlow    jkm150827_930

August    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

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Eva Pratt    esp092512_photo_19

September        

Next year's flowers...

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JK Marlow    jkm0411b_07

November    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden