Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


2986

Floating-leaved aquatic (rooted); Forb
Perennial

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

Common in Coastal Plain (rare in Piedmont & Mountains)

Look for it in lakes, ponds, sluggish streams, floodplain oxbow ponds, per Weakley's Flora

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Aquatic

LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate
Leaves have long petioles.

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Red-purple
Bisexual (functionally unisexual through protogyny)
Radially symmetrical
3 sepals (usually)
3 petals (usually)
12-20 stamens
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Basal Angiosperms (flowering plants): Nymphaeales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Brasenia schreberi   FAMILY Cabombaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Brasenia schreberi   FAMILY Cabombaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 075-02-001:
Brasenia schreberi   FAMILY Cabombaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Water-shield, Purple Wen-dock


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_brsc_001_lvd

        

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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide    pnd_brsc_003_lvd

        

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John B. Nelson    jbn_2529320856_27cb0b6ac9

May    Kershaw County    SC

Goodale State Park

Elliptic, peltate floating leaves & mucilaginous petioles make it unmistakable, per Weakley's Flora.

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JK Marlow    jkm150529_113

May    Spartanburg County    SC

Leaf blades all floating, peltate, elliptic, not notched, per Wildflowers of the Eastern United States.


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JK Marlow    jkm150529_114

May    Spartanburg County    SC

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Will Stuart    wil_8936037265_dc6c3b3f3b

May    Chesterfield County    SC

Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge

Bottom left flower functionally pistillate, center flwr functionally staminate.

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Will Stuart    wil_8936136491_eb6b36b2c3

May    Chesterfield County    SC

Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge

Protogyny (female parts maturing before male) prevents self-fertilization, per Book of Swamp and Bog.

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Will Stuart    wil_8936630516_1f654115ef

May    Chesterfield County    SC

Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge

Often grows in extensive stands that exclude other vegetation, per Guide to the Wildflowers of SC.

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Will Stuart    wil_8936841310_eeeed27323

May    Chesterfield County    SC

Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge

Stems, leaf stalks & leaf undersides coated with a gelatinous material, per Guide to the Wildflowers of SC.

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Keith Bradley    kab_b_schreberi_9525

June    Richland County    SC

Sesquicentennial State Park