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 2012 & 2013 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.

Once again, in July, we will feature three plants that are in the same genus, hopefully making the contest easier. Plants #1 and #3 are vines and supposedly common in Georgia, but #1 seems to be rare in north Ga. and #3 is uncommon everywhere. Plant #2 is an upright plant and extremely rare in Georgia. 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, July 31.

Send your guesses to Richard Ware at:

Click on the photos below for larger versions:

July 2014 Plant #1A July 2014 Plant # 1B Plant #1 (identify to species) – Habitat: Marshes, swamps, floodplain forests, disturbed wet or moist areas. April-August.
Range: Widespread in Southeastern United States, FL to TX, north to se. VA and s. IL.
July 2014 Plant # 2A July 2014 Plant # 2B Plant #2 (identify to species) – Habitat: Calcareous flatwoods and limestone glades. Mid April- Mid May.
Range: MO, KS and NE; disjunct in nw. GA (Floyd County) and se. TN (Hamilton County).
July 2014 Plant # 3A July 2014 Plant # 3B Plant #3 (identify to species) – Habitat: Wet hammocks, rich woods, openings over calcareous rocks. May-September.
Range: Widespread in Southeastern U.S., from TN and OK, south to FL and LA, but apparently rare and poorly known.