Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Moss Vervain + - Glandularia aristigera   (S. Moore) Troncoso
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Author(S. Moore) Troncoso
DistributionMostly the southern Coastal Plain and Sandhills; also Mecklenburg County in the Piedmont and Currituck County on the Outer Banks. First collected in 1937 in Columbus County.

Native of South America; in N.A. NC to MO, UT, and CA, south to FL, TX, and CA.
AbundanceUncommon to infrequent in the Coastal Plain, except rare in the southern Piedmont and Outer Banks.
HabitatSandy roadsides, fields, vacant lot, campus weed.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting March-October.
IdentificationThis is a sprawling, branched plant that roots at nodes, growing to about a foot long. The leaves are finely dissected into skinny segments. The flowers grow crowded in a terminal spike, somewhat in a ball shape, the corollas tubular with 5 spreading, notched lobes, purplish-pink in color. No other Glandularia or Verbena in NC has such finely dissected leaves.
Taxonomic CommentsSynonyms include Verbena tenuisecta and V. pulchella misapplied.

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