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Vick, Albert F. W.
Obolaria virginica L.
Pennywort, Virginia pennywort
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 CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Herb Flower:
Bloom InformationBloom Time: Mar , Apr , May
, 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.
Record Last Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff