Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Ericales
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Read more about Galax at Vascular Plants of North Carolina.
SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
SYNONYMOUS WITH (MISAPPLIED) VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 146-03-001:
Galax aphylla FAMILY Diapensiaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH (MISAPPLIED) Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
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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 (Smith, 1998).
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 (Campbell, Hutson, Sharp, & Hutson, 1962).
COMPARE leaves of Galax and Oconee Bells
JK Marlow jkm210423_9673
April Jackson County NC
"Galax-pulling" (gathering leaves for the florist trade) is an important folk industry, per Weakley's Flora (2022).
JK Marlow jkm210423_9674b
April Jackson County NC
Concern for its sustainability has prompted the USDA Forest Service to restrict the harvest season.
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 (Smith, 1998).
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 (Smith, 1998).
Flora of North America
SYNONYMOUS WITH (MISAPPLIED)
Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Habitat: Mountain forests, rock outcrops, nearly ubiquitous in the Mountains, more restricted in habitat elsewhere, moist to dry slopes in the Piedmont and Coastal Plain, often associated with Kalmia latifolia or Rhododendron maximum, per Weakley's Flora
Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Common (uncommon in Carolina Coastal Plain) (rare in GA Coastal Plain)
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5 sepals united at base
5 united stamens & 5 staminodia
TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!
- Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses (Miller & Miller, 2005) p082
- Gardening with Native Plants of the South (Wasowski & Wasowski, 1994, 2020) p109
- Gardening with the Native Plants of Tennessee (Hunter, 2002) p130
- Great Smoky Mountains Wildflowers (Campbell, Hutson, Sharp, & Hutson, 1962) p066
- Guide to the Wildflowers of SC, 1st ed. (Porcher & Rayner, 2001) p143
- Guide to the Wildflowers of SC, 2nd ed. (McMillan, Porcher, Rayner, & White; 2022) p170
- Newcomb's Wildflower Guide (Newcomb, 1977) p178
- Field Guide to the Rare Plants of Georgia (Chafin, 2007) p355
- Wildflowers of the Atlantic Southeast (Cotterman, Waitt, & Weakley, 2019) p140
- Wild Flowers of NC, 2nd edition (Justice, Bell, & Lindsey, 2005) p191
- Field Guide to the Wildflowers of Georgia (Chafin, 2016) p164
- Wildflowers of Tennessee (Carman, 2005) p103
- Wildflowers & Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont (Spira, 2011) p374
- Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains (Smith, 1998) p120
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