Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Forb
Perennial
Polygamous

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

Uncommon

Look for it in rich woodlands, trail margins & roadsides, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade shade ...Moist

LEAVES:
Pinnately compound or ternately & pinnately decompound
Alternate

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
White
Bisexual & unisexual
Radially symmetrical
5 sepals
5 petals
Inferior ovary
Inflorescences large axillary panicles comprised of many small umbels

FRUIT:
Summer
Dark purple
Drupe

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Campanulids: Apiales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Aralia racemosa   FAMILY Araliaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Aralia racemosa ssp. racemosa   FAMILY Araliaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 139-03-003:
Aralia racemosa   FAMILY Araliaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Spikenard


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JK Marlow    jkm090503_074

May    Polk County    NC

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JK Marlow    jkm090503_077

May    Polk County    NC

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JK Marlow    jkm090503_080

May    Polk County    NC

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JK Marlow    jkm140519_970

May    Jackson County    NC

Big Ridge Preserve

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JK Marlow    jkm0307i_15

July    Oconee County    SC

Sumter National Forest: Andrew Pickens Ranger District

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JK Marlow    jkm0407h_07

July    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

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JK Marlow    jkm0407h_09

July    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

Leaflets large and heart-shaped at the base, per Newcomb's Wildflower Guide.

image of Aralia racemosa

JK Marlow    jkm100730_234

July    Jackson County    NC

Balsam Mountain Preserve

Greenish-white flowers in a long branching cluster of umbels, per Newcomb's Wildflower Guide.

image of Aralia racemosa

JK Marlow    jkm100730_234b

July    Jackson County    NC

Balsam Mountain Preserve

Sepals ca. 0.3mm long; petals white ca. 1mm long, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Aralia racemosa

JK Marlow    jkm0308s_02

August    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

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JK Marlow    jkm0508f_28

August    Greenville County    SC

Ashmore Heritage Preserve

Leaves pinnately compound or ternately and pinnately decompound, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Aralia racemosa

JK Marlow    jkm130824_697

August    Greenville County    SC

Ashmore Heritage Preserve

image of Aralia racemosa

JK Marlow    jkm090901_004

September    Greenville County    SC

Jones Gap State Park

Fruits are dark purple drupes, about 0.2" across, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.