Monday, September 6, 2010

Smooth Yellow False Foxglove (Aureolaria flava)

Aureolaria flava is known by the common names Smooth Yellow False Foxglove, False Foxglove, Smooth False-foxglove, Eastern Smooth Oak-leach, or Northern False Foxglove. At Fort Yargo State Park, it grows south of the Fishing Area (segment 13) near the slip rail fence above the cliff and in a sunny spot north of the Fishing Area (segment 12). It begins to bloom in early June.

Often the first sign that Aureolaria flava is blooming is finding a flower on the ground.

The stems are 18 to 24 inches high. This photo shows the developing buds.

Leaves at the base of the stem.

Leaves near the top of the stem.

Three stems with flowers; in the woods.

A closer view of one of the flowers.

The flower, front on.

The flower, in profile.

Developing seed pods.

Mature seed pods.

Aureolaria flava
(Smooth Yellow False Foxglove) is native to the eastern United States and Ontario, Canada.

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Distribution Map:

- United States Department of Agriculture Plants Database: Aureolaria flava (Smooth Yellow False Foxglove)
University of North Carolina Herbarium: Aureolaria flava

Identification resources:

- Southeastern Flora: Smooth Yellow False Foxglove (Aureolaria flava)

- Connecticut Botanical Society: Smooth Yellow False Foxglove, Northern False Foxglove (Aureolaria flava)

- Bioimages: Aureolaria flava

Related posts:
- 2010: Year Of The Wildflower – Wildflower Index

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