Obolaria virginica L.

Obolaria virginica plant

Family - Gentianaceae

Stems - No info. yet.

Leaves - No info. yet.

Inflorescence - No info. yet.

Flowers - No info. yet.

Obolaria virginica flowers

Flowering - April - May.

Habitat - Rich, low ravines of Beech-Sugar Maple woods.

Origin - Native to U.S.

Other info. - This little plant is rare in Missouri and is only reported from one southeastern county in the state. The plant is quite small and only grows to less than 20cm tall. Given its size and the fact that it grows amongst leaf litter, the plant is hard to find in the field and may be more common than reported. Regardless, it is restricted to the Crowley's Ridge section of the state. Steyermark reported that the plant is dependent on microrrhizal fungi.

Photographs taken in Linville, NC., 5-11-03.


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