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Hexastylis contracta Blomquist. Mountain Heartleaf. Phen: May-Jun. Hab: On acidic soils in mesic to dry deciduous forests with Kalmia latifolia and Rhododendron maximum. Dist: Endemic to the Cumberland Plateau of TN (Chester, Wofford, & Kral 1997) and KY, with disjunct populations in the Blue Ridge of NC and in the Ridge and Valley of sw. VA (Washington County) (J. Townsend, pers.comm. 2006).

Origin/Endemic status: Endemic

Synonymy: = FNA3, K1, K3, K4, RAB, Tn, Va, W, Blomquist (1957), Gaddy (1987a); = Asarum contractum (Blomq.) Barringer – Sinn (2015); = n/a – F, G; < Asarum contractum (Blomq.) Barringer – Barringer (1993); < Hexastylis virginica (L.) Small – C

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Wetland Indicator Status:

  • Eastern Mountains and Piedmont: FACU (taxonomic split from wetland indicator species)
  • Midwest: FACU (taxonomic split from wetland indicator species)

Heliophily: 1

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