Name that plant contest

Welcome to the “Name That Plant Contest” sponsored by the Georgia Botanical Society

Click here to see the Plants used in 2015 & 2016 and the Contest Winners!

The person who is first, each month, to get all plants correct will receive either a patch or window decal. The person with the most correct answers for the year will win a prize, which may include, but is not limited to, a window decal, patch, a free one-year Georgia Botanical Society Membership, or other prize.


  • Only one guess per person will be allowed.
  • Only scientific names will be accepted (no common names).
  • Older synonyms will be accepted.

This month we are featuring three plants that, although not related, have look-alike large white flowers. Plant #1 is a tree, plant #2 is a woody vine, and plant #3 is a shrub to small tree. We are continuing to make the contest relatively easy for the first seven or eight months of the year. Someone asked if you can use books to obtain your answers, yes you can use books, the internet, etc., just please keep this an individual contest, no sharing of answers. Remember, only scientific names will be accepted, no common names. Good luck on your guesses and hope you enjoy this month’s plants!

You must have your answers in by midnight, May 31.

Send your guesses to Richard Ware at:

Click on the photos below for larger versions:

May 2016 Plant # 1A May 2016 Plant # 1B Plant #1 (identify to species) – Habitat: Pocosins, bayheads, acidic, organic-rich swamp forests, wet pine savannas, bay forests. Jul-Sept.
Range: Ne. NC south to s. peninsular FL, west to s. MS.
May 2016 Plant # 2A May 2016 Plant # 2B Plant #2 (identify to species) – Habitat: Roadsides, moist forests; native of China. Late Mar-June.
Range: Apparently introduced into the se. United States very early.
May 2016 Plant # 3A



Plant #3 (identify to species) – Habitat: Mesic forests, especially acidic bluffs, ravines. Late Jun-July.
Range: E. KY, sc. VA, e. VA south to c. NC, w. SC, e. and c. TN to n. GA and n. AL. (last photo by Chuck Wilson)