Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Lamiids: Gentianales
Dig deeper at SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria.
Read more about Blue Ridge Gentian at Vascular Plants of North Carolina.
Read more about the southeastern Gentians in Jim Fowler's blog.
SYNONYMOUS WITH Gentians of the eastern United States (Drake, 2011)
INCLUDED WITHIN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 155-02-007?:
Gentiana clausa FAMILY Gentianaceae
INCLUDED WITHIN Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Blue Ridge Gentian, Appalachian Gentian, Pine Barren Gentian
To see larger pictures, click or hover over the thumbnails.
Will Stuart wil_1355665420_c8c0428925
September Mitchell County NC
The Roan Highlands
Usually deeper more intense blue-violet than the similar G. clausa & G. decora, per Weakley's Flora.
Gentians of the eastern United States (Drake, 2011)
Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Habitat: Mountain forests and grassy balds, especially at medium to high elevations, but descending to ca. 600 m (2200 feet), per Weakley's Flora
Native to North Carolina
Uncommon in NC Mountains, rare in NC Piedmont
CLICK HERE to see a map, notes, and images from Weakley's Flora of the Southeastern US.
Click here to see a map showing all occurrences known to SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria. (Zoom in to see more detail.)
TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!
- Gentians of the Eastern US (Drake, 2011) p078
- Wildflowers of Tennessee (Carman, 2005) p186
- Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians (Horn, Cathcart, Hemmerly, & Duhl, 2005) p221
If a search such as "Carex leptalea var. leptalea" doesn't deliver the results you want, try "Carex leptalea".
Or, to minimize chances of a misspelling, try just "Carex le".
Less is more: If "pencil flower" doesn't deliver the results you want, try "pencil".