Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Forb
Perennial

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

Common in Carolina Mtns, uncommon in GA Mtns, rare elsewhere (an endemic)

Look for it in cove forests, on seepage slopes, per Weakley's Flora

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shade ...Moist

LEAVES:
Compound
Basal & alternate

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
White
Bisexual or unisexual
Radially symmetrical
5 persistent sepals
5 petals (or petals absent in pistillate flowers)
8-10 stamens

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer
A partly fused 2-locular capsule or separate as 2 follicles

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Saxifragales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Astilbe biternata   FAMILY Saxifragaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Astilbe biternata   FAMILY Saxifragaceae

LESS THAN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 094-07-001:
Astilbe biternata   FAMILY Saxifragaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Appalachian False Goatsbeard


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_asbi4_001_lvd

        

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JK Marlow    jkm120421_140

April    Hendersonvlle County    NC

Holmes Educational Forest

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JK Marlow    jkm070526_069

May    Polk County    NC

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JK Marlow    jkm070526_089

May    Polk County    

Black Cohosh on the left; False Goatsbeard on the right

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JK Marlow    jkm090503_019

May    Polk County    NC

Astilbe has a hairy upper stem, whereas Aruncus is smooth, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

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JK Marlow    jkm090503_048

May    Polk County    NC

Terminal leaflets are acuminate and usually 3-lobed with a cordate base, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.


click here to see other plants that look similar to this COMPARE compound leaves of woodland herbs, with toothed margins

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JK Marlow    jkm090503_064

May    Polk County    NC

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JK Marlow    jkm120517_908

May    Yancey County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

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JK Marlow    jkm140519_882

May    Jackson County    NC

Big Ridge Preserve

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JK Marlow    jkm0506c_30

June    Rutherford County    NC

Chimney Rock Park

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JK Marlow    jkm090711_030

July    Greenville County    SC

Chestnut Ridge Heritage Preserve

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JK Marlow    jkm090711_034

July    Greenville County    SC

Chestnut Ridge Heritage Preserve

Fruit erect, lanceolate follicles, 0.15-.2" long, borne on a large panicle, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

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JK Marlow    jkm0308v_02

August    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

Lateral leaflets ovate, elliptic, 3-lobed or lobed on one side, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.


click here to see other plants that look similar to this COMPARE Cohosh, Doll's-eyes, and Goatsbeard