Phlox divaricata f. candida Palmer & Steyermark
Family - Polemoniaceae
Stems - Vegetative stems decumbent. Flowering stems erect to ascending, to 40cm tall. Both types typically densely pubescent to glabrous. Plants rhizomatous.
Leaves - Of fertile shoots - opposite, sessile, lanceolate, decussate, spaced +/-5cm apart, to 5cm long, 2cm wide, variously pubescent, entire. Of sterile shoots - elliptic to narrowly oblong.
Leaves of fertile shoots.
Leaves of sterile shoots.
Inflorescence - A fairly compact cyme, sometimes paniculate.
Flowers - Corolla white, with tube to 2cm long, glabrous. Corolla lobes 5, spreading, spatulate to obovate, to 2cm long, 1cm wide. Stamens 5, unequal in corolla tube. Calyx tube to 3mm long, densely pubescent to glabrous. Calyx lobes 5, to +3mm long.
Flowering - April - June.
Habitat - Open woods, slopes, moist ground.
Origin - Native to U.S.
Other info. - I found this
plant growing in one patch on some wooded slopes near the South Grand River
in the Settles Ford Conservation Area. The plants were mainly glabrous
and about 30-40cm tall. They were growing in a fairly shaded location.
Photograph taken at the Settles Ford Conservation Area, Bates County, Mo., 4-14-00.