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

Rare

Look for it in open woodlands & glades over mafic or calcareous rocks, such as diabase, limestone, & dolomite, rarely in oak-pine savannas of upper Coastal Plain over circumneutral clay sediments, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade

LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate & basal
Leaves have petioles.

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Rays: Pink
Disc: Purplish
Disc flowers bisexual & fertile/ Ray flowers neuter
Inferior ovary

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer
Achene

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Campanulids: Asterales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Echinacea laevigata   FAMILY Asteraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Echinacea laevigata   FAMILY Asteraceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 179-62-002:
Echinacea laevigata   FAMILY Asteraceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Smooth Purple Coneflower, Smooth Coneflower


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JK Marlow    jkm120525_444

May    Oconee County    SC

Involucral bracts obscurely in 2 series, acute to acuminate, reflexed, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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JK Marlow    jkm120525_487

May    Oconee County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm120525_491

May    Oconee County    SC

Leaves lance-ovate to elliptic, glabrous & smooth, base cuneate to attenuate, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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Tim Spira    tpselaevigata2

May        

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Tim Spira    tpselaevigata6

May        

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JK Marlow    jkm0406j_37

June    Oconee County    SC

The disc at first flat, becoming obconic [cone-shaped] in age, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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JK Marlow    jkm0406k_07

June    Oconee County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm0506j_01

June    Oconee County    SC

Flower heads solitary & terminal; ray flowers drooping; disc flowers purple, per Guide to the Wildflowers of SC.

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JK Marlow    jkm0506j_08

June    Oconee County    SC

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JK Marlow    s050716_a

July    Oconee County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm0410p_12

October    Oconee County    SC

The seed platform is conical and has sharp black spines, per All About South Carolina Wildflowers.

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Patrick D. McMillan    pdmelaevigata_br5

Month Unknown