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 (rare in Piedmont) (rare in SC)

Look for it in rich forests, per Weakley's Flora

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partial shade shade ...Moist

LEAVES:
Ternately decompound

FLOWER:
Spring
Green/Maroon
Bisexual
Radially symmetrical
3-merous
6 petaloid sepals
6 reduced petals
6 stamens
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer
Blue
Drupe-like seeds

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Ranunculales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Caulophyllum thalictroides   FAMILY Berberidaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Caulophyllum thalictroides   FAMILY Berberidaceae

LESS THAN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 077-05-001:
Caulophyllum thalictroides   FAMILY Berberidaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Common Blue Cohosh, Papooseroot, Green Vivian


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JK Marlow    jkm0503c_20

March    Oconee County    SC

Oconee Station/Station Cove

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JK Marlow    jkm0503c_25

March    Oconee County    SC

Oconee Station/Station Cove

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JK Marlow    jkm120330_226

March    Pickens County    SC

Jocassee Gorges

All parts of the plant have a whitish cast, per Guide to the Wildflowers of SC.

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JK Marlow    jkm140322_363

March    Oconee County    SC

Oconee Station/Station Cove

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_c_thalictroides_b

March        

The six petal-like sepals are yellow-green to purple-green, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

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JK Marlow    jkm120403_442

April    Henderson County    NC

Holmes Educational Forest

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Keith Bradley    kab_c_thalictroides_0849

April    Polk County    NC

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Keith Bradley    kab_c_thalictroides_0922

April    Polk County    NC

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_c_thalictroides_61

April        

True petals are the small yellowish glands at the base of petaloid sepals, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

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Tim Spira    tps_cthalictroides

April        

The oval leaflets are irregularly lobed above the middle, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

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JK Marlow    jkm060508_087

May    Macon County    NC

Nantahala National Forest: Wayah Ranger District

Black Cohosh on the left; Blue Cohosh on the right

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JK Marlow    jkm120523_195

May    Graham County    NC

Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest

1 large ternately decompound leaf above inflorescence, 1(2) smaller below, per Wildflowers of Tennessee.

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Tim Spira    tps_cthalactroides1

June        

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JK Marlow    jkm070703_089

July    Raleigh County    WV

Sandstone Falls

The specific epithet "thalictroides" means resembling Thalictrum.


click here to see other plants that look similar to this COMPARE leaves that resemble Thalictrum

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JK Marlow    jkm060806_022

August    Polk County    NC

Fruits are dark blue, poisonous, and berry-like, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.