Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Lamiids: Gentianales
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Read more about Cumberland Rose-gentian at Vascular Plants of North Carolina.
SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Cumberland Rose-gentian, Appalachian Rose-gentian
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Corolla lobes have a semicircular yellow patch at the base, per Gentians of the Eastern US (Drake, 2011).
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Leaves 1-2" long, lanceolate with acute tips, sessile or somewhat clasping, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians (Horn, Cathcart, Hemmerly, & Duhl, 2005).
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Each flower subtended by two 1-2cm long, oblong to elliptic bracts, per Gentians of the Eastern US (Drake, 2011).
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Corolla lobes elliptical or ovate to spatulate, tips usually rounded-obtuse, per Gentians of the Eastern US (Drake, 2011).
Habitat: Sloping woodlands and meadows, over sandstone or shale, per Weakley's Flora
Native to Georgia & apparently North Carolina
Rare in GA (historically in NC, but not recently seen)
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Opposite & basal
Pale pink or white with a yellow eye
7-12 lobed campanulate calyx subtended by two bracts
7-12 lobed rotate corolla
TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!
- Gentians of the Eastern US (Drake, 2011) p168
- Field Guide to the Rare Plants of Georgia (Chafin, 2007) p317
- Wildflowers of the Eastern United States (Duncan & Duncan, 1999) p064
- Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians (Horn, Cathcart, Hemmerly, & Duhl, 2005) p223
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