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The families and genera of native and naturalized spring-flowering herbs, vines, and shrubs of the Raleigh-area

by Dr. Jon M. Stucky and Alexander Krings 

Spring time in the southern Piedmont is a wonderful time of year for any wildflower enthusiast.  As an aid to plant-lovers of all kinds, we developed this site to facilitate the identification of our spring flora.  The presented keys were developed by Jon Stucky and are based on years of fieldwork and teaching classes on the Piedmont spring flora.  Included plants are those flowering over the period from February to mid-May in Granville, Johnston, and Wake counties.  However, due to the similarity in the floras, the keys should also work well for Chatham, Durham, Franklin, northern Harnett, Lee, and Orange counties.  Nomenclature follows the Manual of the Vascular Plants of the Carolinas (Radford et al. 1968).  Keys are arranged by lifeform and family.  A glossary is also included. 

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