Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Salad Burnet + - Poterium sanguisorba var. polygamum   (Waldstein & Kitaibel) Visiani
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Author(Waldstein & Kitaibel) Visiani
DistributionTwo collections from Transylvania County, apparently from the same location: near Pink Beds Recreational Center, US highway 276. First taken in 1958 by O.M. Freeman, later in 1974 by D Boufford.

Native of Europe, W Asia, N Africa; in N.A. southern Canada through the U.S., except absent from the Midwest plains.
AbundanceVery rare. Cultivated as a salad herb and rarely escaping.
HabitatRoadside.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting June-July.
IdentificationSalad Burnet grows 1-2 feet tall, with well-spaced leaves. Leaves are divided into 4-12 pairs of ovate or lanc-shaped leaflets, plus a terminal one. The inflorescence is terminal on a long stalk, an ovoid or rounded ball of tiny flowers.
Taxonomic CommentsA synonym is Sanguisorba minor ssp. muricata.

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