Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


584

Forb
Perennial

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

Common (uncommon in Carolina Coastal Plain) (rare in GA Coastal Plain) endemic

Look for it in mountain forests, rock outcrops, nearly ubiquitous in the Mountains, more restricted in habitat elsewhere, moist to dry slopes in Piedmont & Coastal Plain, often associated with Kalmia latifolia or Rhododendron maximum, per Weakley's Flora

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shade ...Moist ...Variable ...Dry

LEAVES:
Evergreen
Simple
Basal

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
White
Radially symmetrical
5 sepals united at base
5 petals
5 united stamens & 5 staminodia

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Capsule

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Ericales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Galax urceolata   FAMILY Diapensiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Galax urceolata   FAMILY Diapensiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH (MISAPPLIED) VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 146-03-001:
Galax aphylla   FAMILY Diapensiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH (MISAPPLIED) Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Galax aphylla

 

COMMON NAME:
Galax, Beetleweed


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Steve Marlow    snm079701_10a

January    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

Leaves sharp-toothed, glossy, and often aging to wine-red or bronze, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

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JK Marlow    jkm0404l_04

April    Rutherford County    NC

Chimney Rock Park

Galax is often called Coltsfoot because of the shape of its leaves, per Great Smoky Mountains Wildflowers.


click here to see other plants that look similar to this COMPARE leaves of Galax and Oconee Bells

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Harry Davis    hld584_crw_6999

May    Buncombe County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

A dense, narrow, spikelike raceme of 0.25" flowers, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

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JK Marlow    jkm0305d_07a

May    Greenville County    SC

Jones Gap State Park

Leaves nearly circular with palmate veins [vs. the pinnate veins of Shortia], per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

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JK Marlow    jkm0305x_36

May    Rutherford County    NC

Chimney Rock Park

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Keith Bradley    kab_galax_urceolata_2685

June        NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

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Patrick D. McMillan    pdmgurceolata_cg1

June        

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Patrick D. McMillan    pdmgurceolata_flwrtrsp

June    Pickens County    SC

Table Rock State Park

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Ron Lance    rwl584_a

June        

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Tim Spira    tpsgurceolata6

June