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. Photographed in 2017 and 2021 at Lake Norman State Park by Gary Schneider.

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, near wastewater treatment plant (Lake Norman).
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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Greg SchneiderLake Norman State Park. October 15, 2021 IredellPhoto_non_natural
Greg SchneiderLake Norman State Park. October 15, 2021 IredellPhoto_non_natural
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