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Ponthieva racemosa (Walter) C. Mohr. Shadow Witch. Phen: Sep-Mar; Oct-Apr. Hab: Bottomlands, floodplains, moist ravines, nearly always over calcareous rock ('marl' or coquina limestone). Dist: Se. VA south to s. FL and west to se. TX; disjunct in the Eastern Highland Rim, TN; West Indies; Mexico and Central America to South America.

ID notes: The basal rosette of leaves, white (suffused with green) flowers in fall to winter, and habitat are distinctive.

Origin/Endemic status: Native

Synonymy: = C, ETx1, F, FNA26, G, GW1, K1, K3, K4, RAB, S, S13, Tx, Va, WH3, WI, Brown (2002), Correll (1950); = Ponthieva glandulosa (Sims) R.Br.; = Ponthieva racemosa (Walter) C.Mohr var. racemosa – Luer (1975)

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Wetland Indicator Status:

  • Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain: FACW
  • Eastern Mountains and Piedmont: OBL

Heliophily ?: 3

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image of plant© Alan Cressler: Ponthieva racemosa, Walker County, Georgia 1 by Alan Cressler source
image of plant© Scott Ward | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Alan M. Cressler | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Scott Ward | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Scott Ward
image of plant© Alan M. Cressler | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Scott Ward | Original Image ⭷

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