Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Caryophyllales
Dig deeper at SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria.
Read more about Water Smartweed at Vascular Plants of North Carolina.
INCLUDED WITHIN Flora of North America north of Mexico, vol. 5 (2005)
INCLUDED WITHIN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 063-04-006:
Polygonum coccineum FAMILY Polygonaceae
(?) Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Water Smartweed, Scarlet Smartweed
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August St. Louis County MN
Its adaptations to differing water conditions make it quite variable, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains (Smith, 1998).
COMPARE aquatic plants
Flora of North America north of Mexico, vol. 5
Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Aquatic with submersed or floating leaves, or terrestrial; Forb
Habitat: marshes, wet disturbed areas, per Weakley's Flora
Native to the Carolinas
CLICK HERE to see a map, notes, and images from Weakley's Flora of the Southeastern US.
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IS THE PLANT "ARMED"?
Stems, petioles and leaves unarmed
Rhizomatous, forming clonal colonies
Deep pink/ Red
Bisexual, or often functionally unisexual
Inflorescence spikelike, uninterrupted or interrupted proximally
TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!
- Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians (Horn, Cathcart, Hemmerly, & Duhl, 2005) p082
- Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains (Smith, 1998) p033
If a search such as "Carex leptalea var. leptalea" doesn't deliver the results you want, try "Carex leptalea".
Or, to minimize chances of a misspelling, try just "Carex le".
Less is more: If "pencil flower" doesn't deliver the results you want, try "pencil".