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Obolaria virginica (Pennywort)
Vick, Albert F. W.

Obolaria virginica

Obolaria virginica L.

Pennywort, Virginia pennywort

Gentianaceae (Gentian Family)

Synonym(s):

USDA Symbol: OBVI

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

A low fleshy plant with dull white or purplish flowers, usually in groups of 3 in axils of purplish, bract-like upper leaves and atop stem.

The genus name comes from the Greek obolos (a small coin) and refers to the opposite, roundish leaves of this low, southern, woodland perennial. The common name also reflects the coin-like appearance of the leaves.

 

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Herb
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Bloom Information

Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May

Distribution

USA: AL , AR , DC , DE , FL , GA , IL , IN , KY , LA , MD , MO , MS , NC , NJ , OH , PA , SC , TN , TX , VA , WV
Native Distribution: New Jersey and Pennsylvania south to Florida, west to Texas, and northeast to Arkansas, Missouri, and Illinois.
Native Habitat: Moist hardwoods and thickets.

Additional resources

USDA: Find Obolaria virginica in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Obolaria virginica in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Obolaria virginica

Metadata

Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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