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Galax urceolata

Galax urceolata (Poir.) Brummitt

Galax aphylla auct. non L.

Wandflower, Beetleweed

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassAsteridaeA large class that encompasses asters
OrderDiapensialesA small group that includes oconee bells and a few others
FamilyDiapensiaceaeA small group that includes oconee bells and a few others
GenusGalaxThis genus name, assigned by Linnaeus, does not obviously stem from Greek gálax, “a kind of shellfish.” But late Latin galaxias, “the Milky Way,” seems like a great incentive for naming a species with a starry flower raceme
SpeciesurceolataUrn-shaped

About plant names...

Wandflower is native to the southeastern United States. It is found in open woodland, in dappled shade and both moist and dry habitats.

Plants: 8-24" (20-60 cm) tall, with basal leaves and a tall flowering spike.

Leaves: Heart-shaped, almost round, evergreen, shiny, hairless, toothed, 1½-6" (3.8-15 cm) across. Leaf petioles (stems) are 3-8" (8.3-20 cm) long.

Flowers: Very attractive spikes of white flowers, 8-15" (20-38 cm) tall and 2" (5 cm) in diameter. The spike is a bare stem that towers over the foliage. It flowers from June to July. Individual flowers have five petals and yellow centers.

Fruits: ¹/₁₆-⅛" (2.5-3 mm) long.

Online References:

Galax urceolata on www.carolinanature.com

Galax urceolata on virginiawildflowers.org

Galax urceolata at the North Carolina Native Plant Society

Galax urceolata on the New England Wildflower Society’s GoBotany site

Galax urceolata at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

References:

Clemants, Steven; Gracie, Carol, Wildflowers in the Field and Forest, Oxford University Press, 2006, p. 366

Galax urceolata (Wandflower, Beetleweed)

6/22/2017 · Garden in the Woods, Framingham, MA
≈ 5 × 8" (13 × 20 cm)

Galax urceolata description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 12 Jul 2017.

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Galax urceolata (Wandflower, Beetleweed)

6/22/2017 · Garden in the Woods, Framingham, MA
≈ 10 × 6" (24 × 16 cm)

Galax urceolata (Wandflower, Beetleweed)

9/14/2010 · Garden in the Woods, Framingham, MA
≈ 6 × 9" (15 × 23 cm)

Galax urceolata (Wandflower, Beetleweed)

6/22/2017 · Garden in the Woods, Framingham, MA
≈ 4½ × 7" (12 × 18 cm)

Range: Zones 5-8:

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