Purple Woodland Wildflower (ID complete)

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Date Photo Taken: August 20, 2010
Location: Mansfield, GA
Posted By: Gristmills

Notes:

Discovered while hiking today along a granite outcropping at the Charlie Elliott Wildlife Center.

COMMENTS

  1. caroline Unregistered says:

    Looks like a butterfly pea (Clitoria mariana).

    August 24th, 2010 at 1:35 pm
  2. Sunnysue Unregistered says:

    Looks like some kind of wild sweet pea. Was it on a vine and what did the leaves look like?

    August 24th, 2010 at 7:33 pm
  3. Walter Reeves The Georgia Gardener says:

    I’m leaning toward Centrosema virginianum, not Clitoria mariana.

    Who can be definitive about this?

    August 24th, 2010 at 9:41 pm
  4. Shannon Pable Unregistered says:

    I think you are close…but looks more like Spurred Butterfly Pea, Centrosema virginianum
    http://alabamaplants.com/Bluealt/Centrosema_virginianum_page.html

    Note the difference at the top of the flower part of the Clitoria mariana
    http://www.missouriplants.com/Bluealt/Clitoria_mariana_page.html

    Shannon

    August 24th, 2010 at 10:02 pm
  5. Gristmills Unregistered says:

    Didn’t appear to be growing on any vine, just popping-up less than 4-5 inches from the forest floor, it’s stem and leaves as delicate as blades of grass … prolific patches of reindeer moss on the opposite side of this narrow trail through here where it ringed the edge of a granite outcrop, the nearest creek (Murder Creek) nearly a quarter mile away.

    August 24th, 2010 at 10:46 pm
  6. Walter Reeves The Georgia Gardener says:

    I declare it ID’ed

    Spurred Butterfly Pea, Centrosema virginianum

    August 25th, 2010 at 8:37 am
  7. Shannon Pable Unregistered says:

    Gristmills: note the leaves (compound 3 leaflets) in the upper right-hand corner of the pic. I believe the plant (vine)is covered with leaf litter.

    August 25th, 2010 at 9:04 am
  8. Gristmills Unregistered says:

    Thanks, everyone! Shannon yes, with everyone’s input and further research realized I’d missed discerning what was actually connected (next time I’ll take along a chopstick!)

    August 25th, 2010 at 10:12 am

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