Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


3613

Forb
Annual

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Uncommon in NC, rare in GA-SC

Look for it in dry or wet places, especially over mafic or calcareous rocks, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Simple
Opposite
Leaves have petioles.

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Magenta-purple
Bisexual
6-merous
6 petals (two large, four small)
12 inserted stamens
Superior ovary

Flowers in leaf axils

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Capsule

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Rosids: Malvids: Myrtales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Cuphea viscosissima   FAMILY Lythraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Cuphea viscosissima   FAMILY Lythraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 135-06-001:
Cuphea viscosissima   FAMILY Lythraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Parsonsia petiolata

 

COMMON NAME:
Clammy Cuphea, Blue Waxweed


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image of Cuphea viscosissima, Clammy Cuphea, Blue Waxweed

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide    pnd_cuvi_006_lvd

        

image of Cuphea viscosissima, Clammy Cuphea, Blue Waxweed

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_pape9_001_lvd

        

image of Cuphea viscosissima, Clammy Cuphea, Blue Waxweed

Jeff Ausmus    jma_cupvis3

July    Monroe County    MI

In cultivation

Leaves are lance-shaped to oval, 3/4-2" long, and covered with sticky hairs, per Wildflowers of the Atlantic Southeast.

image of Cuphea viscosissima, Clammy Cuphea, Blue Waxweed

Jeff Ausmus    jma_cupvis4

July    Monroe County    MI

In cultivation

Stems have a purple cast and are covered with sticky hairs, per Wildflowers of the Atlantic Southeast.

image of Cuphea viscosissima, Clammy Cuphea, Blue Waxweed

Jeff Ausmus    jma_cupvis5

July    Monroe County    MI

In cultivation

Flowers purple-red, to 1.5" long, with 6 spreading petals of unequal size (2 long, 4 short), per Wildflowers of the Atlantic Southeast.

image of Cuphea viscosissima, Clammy Cuphea, Blue Waxweed

Jeff Ausmus    jma_cupvis

September    Monroe County    MI

In cultivation

Flowers solitary or paired in upper axils, per Wildflowers of Tennessee.

image of Cuphea viscosissima, Clammy Cuphea, Blue Waxweed

Jeff Ausmus    jma_cupvis2

September    Monroe County    MI

In cultivation

image of Cuphea viscosissima, Clammy Cuphea, Blue Waxweed

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_c_viscosissima_blue_b

September        

Calyx tube about 3/8" long, ribbed, lopsided. Petals emerge from its summit, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.