Houstonia montana

Family (Traditional)Rubiaceae
Species:Houstonia montana Small
Common NameVirginia or West Virginia spiraea
Growth Habitforb
Plant Notes**
CharacteristicsArmaments: No; Milky Sap: No; Photosynthetic: Yes; Stipules: Yes; Woody Herbaceous: Herbaceous; Duration: Perennial; General Ecology: Terrestrial; Growth Habit: forb; Region of Origin: North America; Reproductive Phenology: June; Reproductive Phenology: July; Reproductive Phenology: August; Leaf Arrangement: opposite; Leaf Complexity: simple; Leaf Fragrance: No; Leaf Persistance: Deciduous; Leaflet Number: 0; Anther Type: Dorsifixed; Base Flower Color: Blue; Base Flower Color: Purple; Fruit Dehiscence: Yes; Fruit Type: Capsule; Fruit Wet/Dry: Dry; Hypanthium Present: No; Ovary Position: Inferior; Overall Flower Symmetry: Actinomorphic; Perianth Present: Yes; Placentation Type: Axillary; Sexuality: monoclinous; Sporangium Arrangement: N/A
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StatusNative; Endangered-US
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Species Distribution Map

This species has been reported in the counties highlighted in the interactive distribution map below. Click on a county to display the its name. Click the question mark icon () to view additional information about the ecoregions shown. In the map legend, there are links to toggle the visibility of the ecoregions and/or their labels. In addition, clicking on an ecoregion name will highlight that region on the map.

  • State Boundaries
  • Counties
  • Counties - Species Present
  • Southeastern Plains
    • Blackland Prarie
  • Blue Ridge Mountains
  • Ridge and Valley
  • Cumberland Plateau
  • Cumberland Mountains
  • Allegheny Plateau
  • Interior Plateau
    • Bluegrass Region
    • Nashville Basin
    • Pennyroyal Karst Plain
    • Western Highland Rim
    • Eastern Highland Rim


No synonyms exist for this species.

Specimens and Distribution

This species has been reported in the following counties by the herbaria listed. An overview of the individual specimens are provided in the table that follows. Click on the accession number to view details; click on column headers to sort.

Counties included on distribution map: Carter (TN)

Herbaria represented by specimen data listed below: TENN, ETSU, APSC

Range of years during which specimens were collected: 1935 - 1935

Accession No. (click for full details) County State Coll. Date Collector &
Collection No.
Herbarium &
Herbarium Name Used
TENN-V-0202516 Carter Tennessee
Houstonia montana
TENN-V-0202520 Carter Tennessee
Houstonia montana
APSC0004124 Carter Tennessee 23 Jun 1935 L.R. Hesler, A. Caton, M.B. Wilson
Houstonia montana
TENN-V-0202517 Carter Tennessee
Houstonia montana
TENN-V-0202521 Carter Tennessee
Houstonia montana
TENN-V-0202515 Carter Tennessee
Houstonia montana
TENN-V-0202518 Carter Tennessee
Houstonia montana
TENN-V-0202519 Carter Tennessee
Houstonia montana
ETSU035393 Carter Tennessee
Houstonia montana
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