Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Eudicots: Core Eudicots: Asterids: Lamiids: Gentianales
Dig deeper at SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria.
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Habitat: Mesic to dry forests, per Weakley's Flora
Native north of the Carolinas
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Whorls of 6 (mostly)
Sepals usually obsolete
4-lobed rotate corolla
TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!
- Newcomb's Wildflower Guide (Newcomb, 1977) p152
- Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains (Smith, 1998) p164
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