Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Saxifragales
Dig deeper at SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria.
Learn more about Appalachian False Goatsbeard from the Vascular Plants of North Carolina.
Appalachian False Goatsbeard
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May Polk County NC
Astilbe has a hairy upper stem, whereas Aruncus is smooth, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.
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May Polk County NC
Terminal leaflets are acuminate and usually 3-lobed with a cordate base, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.
COMPARE compound leaves of woodland herbs, with toothed margins
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July Greenville County SC
Chestnut Ridge Heritage Preserve
Fruit erect, lanceolate follicles, 0.15-.2" long, borne on a large panicle, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.
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July Jackson County NC
Nantahala National Forest
Flowers in a pyramid-shaped, branching inflorescence held above the leaves, per Wildflowers of the Atlantic Southeast.
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August Haywood County NC
Corneille Bryan Native Garden
Lateral leaflets ovate, elliptic, 3-lobed or lobed on one side, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.
COMPARE Cohosh, Doll's-eyes, and Goatsbeard
Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC
Common in Carolina Mtns, uncommon in GA Mtns, rare elsewhere (an endemic)
Complexly compound, with 2+ levels of pinnate and/or ternate compoundness
Basal & alternate
Bisexual or unisexual
5 persistent sepals
5 petals (or petals absent in pistillate flowers)
A partly fused 2-locular capsule or separate as 2 follicles
TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!
- Gardening with the Native Plants of Tennessee p110
- Wildflowers of the Atlantic Southeast p217
- Wildflowers of the Eastern United States p023
- Wild Flowers of NC, 2nd edition p103
- Wildflowers of Tennessee p116
- Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians p139
- Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains p067