Dig deeper at SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria.
Read more about Stiff Gentian at Vascular Plants of North Carolina.
Flower color ranges from white to deep purple. Feast your eyes on photographs of the southeastern Gentians in Jim Fowler's blog.
Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Lamiids: Gentianales
Britton & Brown Illus Flora of Northeast US & adjacent Canada (Gleason, 1952)
Gentianella quinquefolia var. quinquefolia
Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Stiff Gentian, Appalachian Gentianella, Fivefinger Gentian, Eastern Agueweed
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Keith Bradley kab_g_quinquefolia_2954
August Macon County NC
Nantahala National Forest
Flowers in 3-5 flowered cymes, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.
JK Marlow jkm070917_125
September Haywood County NC
Pisgah National Forest: Pisgah Ranger District
A profusion of narrow tubular flowers in dense terminal clusters, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.
JK Marlow jkm090913_029
September Jackson County NC
Stem leaves sessile with acute tips & rounded base; basal leaves spatulate, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.
Richard and Teresa Ware rtw_g_quinquefolia_4b
October Union County GA
Calyx cleft half its length, lobes linear, acute, erect to slightly spreading, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.