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Triodanis perfoliata subsp. biflora

Common Name(s):

Previously known as:

  • Triodanis biflora
Description

Small Venus' looking-glass is a native annual in the Campanulaceae (bellflower) family.  It is found all over the southern half of the U.S.A., Mexico and parts of South America most often in disturbed sites.  It has showy five petaled violet flowers.

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Tags:
#purple flowers#NC native#disturbed areas#hairy leaves#hairy stems
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#purple flowers#NC native#disturbed areas#hairy leaves#hairy stems
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Triodanis
    Species:
    perfoliata
    Family:
    Campanulaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Annual
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    Southern USA from west coast to east, Mexico, South America
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Annual
    Native Plant
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Type:
    Capsule
    Fruit Length:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Width:
    < 1 inch
    Fruit Description:
    2-3 parted oval capsule with persistent calyx lobes spreading out at the tip. As they mature they split from top to bottom releasing many reddish-brown seeds
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Purple/Lavender
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Solitary
    Flower Shape:
    Bell
    Star
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Description:
    5-petaled purple-violet to pink solitary flowers with center disc flowers. They are bell or star shape on upper stems. Flowers on the lowest part of the stem are small, self-fertile, without petals and do not open
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Margin:
    Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Length:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Width:
    < 1 inch
    Leaf Description:
    Alternate, simple, sessile green leaves are broadly egg-shaped to heart or kidney-shaped, rounded to somewhat pointed at the tip. Margins are serrate to entire. They are up to 1 inch long and nearly as wide.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Cross Section:
    Angular
    Stem Surface:
    Hairy (pubescent)
    Stem Description:
    Erect stems are angled, stiffly hairy along the angles, unbranched or branched near the base