Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1889

Forb

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

Uncommon in SC Mountains, rare elsewhere in GA-NC

Look for it in woodlands & forests in circumneutral soils, particularly those over mafic or calcareous rocks, per Weakley's Flora

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partial shade

LEAVES:
Simple
Opposite

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Red/Brownish-red
Bilaterally symmetrical
5-lobed calyx
5-lobed tubular corolla
5 stamens
Inferior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Yellow
Drupe

 

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Triosteum aurantiacum var. aurantiacum   FAMILY Caprifoliaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Triosteum aurantiacum var. aurantiacum   FAMILY Caprifoliaceae

LESS THAN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 174-04-002:
Triosteum aurantiacum   FAMILY Caprifoliaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Britton & Brown Illus Flora of Northeast US & adjacent Canada (Gleason, 1952)
Triosteum perfoliatum var. aurantiacum

 

COMMON NAME:
Orange-fruited Horse-gentian


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image of Triosteum aurantiacum var. aurantiacum

JK Marlow    jkm160421_357

April    Sevier County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

image of Triosteum aurantiacum var. aurantiacum

JK Marlow    jkm160421_361

April    Sevier County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

image of Triosteum aurantiacum var. aurantiacum

JK Marlow    jkm160421_393

April    Sevier County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

image of Triosteum aurantiacum var. aurantiacum

Dan Whitten    sdw_horsegentian

April    Sevier County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

image of Triosteum aurantiacum var. aurantiacum

Patrick D. McMillan    pdmtaurantiacum_wos1

May    Blount County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Flowers purplish-red, tubular, 0.6-0.8" long, with 5 unequal lobes, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

image of Triosteum aurantiacum var. aurantiacum

Patrick D. McMillan    pdmtaurantiacum_wos2

May    Blount County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Most the stem hairs 1-2mm long, mostly not gland-tipped, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Triosteum aurantiacum var. aurantiacum

Patrick D. McMillan    pdmtaurantiacum_wos5

May    Blount County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Leaves predominantly not connate (or 1-3 pr connate & only 1-2cm wide at join), per Weakley's Flora.

image of Triosteum aurantiacum var. aurantiacum

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_t_aurantiac_orangfrt5

May        

Style equaling or slightly shorter than the corolla (rarely exserted), per Weakley's Flora.

image of Triosteum aurantiacum var. aurantiacum

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_t_aurantiacum_6

May        

image of Triosteum aurantiacum var. aurantiacum

JK Marlow    jkm111008_886

October    Jackson County    NC

Balsam Mountain Preserve

Leaves widest near the base; leaf bases not joined, per Wildflowers of the Eastern United States.