Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


2907

Forb
Perennial

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

Uncommon in SC, rare in GA & NC (endemic to the 3 states)

Look for it in acidic, sandy, open woodlands, esp woodlands around granitic flatrocks and sandy Coastal Plain woodlands, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade ...Dry

LEAVES:
Simple
Basal & opposite (1-2 pairs of stem leaves)

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
White/ Pink
Usually bisexual
Radially symmetrical
5-lobed calyx
5 petals
10 stamens
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer
Capsule

 

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Silene caroliniana var. caroliniana   FAMILY Caryophyllaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Silene caroliniana ssp. caroliniana   FAMILY Caryophyllaceae

LESS THAN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 071-17-008:
Silene caroliniana   FAMILY Caryophyllaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Silene caroliniana ssp. caroliniana

 

COMMON NAME:
South Carolina Wild-pink, Rock Catchfly, Carolina Pink


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picture of Silene caroliniana, image of Silene caroliniana var. caroliniana

Will Stuart    wil_8438535808_4de31cbfd3

March    Mecklenburg County    NC

McDowell Park

Petal limbs white to pink, shallowly lobed or irregularly crenate, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

picture of Silene caroliniana, image of Silene caroliniana var. caroliniana

Will Stuart    wil8438535808_4de31cbfd3b

March    Mecklenburg County    NC

McDowell Park

Petals usually with paired appendages at the junction of limb and claw, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

picture of Silene caroliniana, image of Silene caroliniana var. caroliniana

JK Marlow    jkm170408_525

April    Newberry County    SC

Sumter National Forest: Tyger Ranger District

Calyx tube glandular-pubescent, 15-22mm long, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

picture of Silene caroliniana, image of Silene caroliniana var. caroliniana

JK Marlow    jkm170408_528b

April    Newberry County    SC

Sumter National Forest: Tyger Ranger District

Plant < 2.5dm tall; plant with a stout, carrot-like taproot, per Weakley's Flora.

picture of Silene caroliniana, image of Silene caroliniana var. caroliniana

JK Marlow    jkm170408_530

April    Newberry County    SC

Sumter National Forest: Tyger Ranger District

picture of Silene caroliniana, image of Silene caroliniana var. caroliniana

JK Marlow    jkm170408_531

April    Newberry County    SC

Sumter National Forest: Tyger Ranger District

Leaves pubescent with appressed, white hairs, also ciliate on the margin, per Weakley's Flora.

picture of Silene caroliniana, image of Silene caroliniana var. caroliniana

JK Marlow    jkm170408_532

April    Newberry County    SC

Sumter National Forest: Tyger Ranger District

picture of Silene caroliniana, image of Silene caroliniana var. caroliniana

JK Marlow    jkm170408_533

April    Newberry County    SC

Sumter National Forest: Tyger Ranger District