Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


2119

Forb
Annual

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common (uncommon in Mountains)

Look for it in bogs, damp or wet soil in openings, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Simple
Whorls of 4

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Pinkish
Bisexual
Bilaterally symmetrical
5 sepals (three small, two larger petaloid "wings")
3 petals united into a tube
8 stamens united to corolla tube in 2 rows

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Capsule

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Fabids: Fabales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Polygala cruciata   FAMILY Polygalaceae

INCLUDING PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Polygala cruciata var. cruciata   FAMILY Polygalaceae

INCLUDING PLANTS National Database
Polygala cruciata var. aquilonia

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 106-01-010:
Polygala cruciata   FAMILY Polygalaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Southern Drumheads, Crossleaf Milkwort


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image of Polygala cruciata, Southern Drumheads, Crossleaf Milkwort

Keith Bradley    kab_p_cruciata_09011

April    Collier County    FL

Big Cypress National Preserve

image of Polygala cruciata, Southern Drumheads, Crossleaf Milkwort

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_polygala_cruciata_2

August        

Leaves sessile, 3-4 per node, increasing in size upwards, per Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers.

image of Polygala cruciata, Southern Drumheads, Crossleaf Milkwort

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_polygala_cruciata_sb

August        

Common to all milkworts are a 3-petalled corolla tube & 2 "wings" (sepals), per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

image of Polygala cruciata, Southern Drumheads, Crossleaf Milkwort

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_polygala_cruciata_sc

August        

The wings (sepals) in this Milkwort species are broadly triangular, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

image of Polygala cruciata, Southern Drumheads, Crossleaf Milkwort

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_polygala_cruciata

September