Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


Because of technology changes and personnel changes at UWSP and the Wisconsin State Herbarium, the database of plant species housed at this site was merged with the database from the OLD WisFlora website to create a new Flora of Wisconsin website at Currently we are encouraging all Wisplant viewers to begin using the Flora of Wisconsin website as soon as possible. Wisplants will remain operational through July 13th. After that date, all traffic to Wisplants will be redirected to the Flora of Wisconsin website.

Please direct any comments to

Thank you.

  Lithospermum caroliniense (Walter ex J.F.Gmel.) MacMill. subsp. croceum (Fernald) Cusick image
Photographer: Merel R. Black           

Derek Anderson

Emmet J. Judziewicz

Kenneth J. Sytsma

Kenneth J. Sytsma

Merel R. Black

Merel R. Black

Christopher Noll

Robert W. Freckmann
Family Boraginaceae
Lithospermum caroliniense (Walter ex J.F.Gmel.) MacMill. subsp. croceum (Fernald) Cusick
Carolina puccoon, hairy puccoon, plains puccoon
Lithospermum: from Greek lithos, "stone," and sperma, "seed"
caroliniense: from Carolinas
County distribution map- click for detailed distribution maps.
Detailed Distribution:
Town Range Maps
Google Dot Maps
Status: Native
Plant: erect, perennial, 6"-24" tall forb, very leafy and hairy; often as many as 12 or more stems, usually unbranched but sometimes branched at the top; stout, woody roots
Flower: orange to yellow, 5-parted, 1/2"-1" wide, funnel-shaped, with leafy bracts, throat of the tube hairy, petals lips smooth; inflorescence 1-3 densely-flowered, branched clusters (cymes); blooms May-July
Fruit:white, smooth, shiny nutlets
Leaf:roughly hairy; growing from all around of the stem so appearing whorled
Habitat: dry; prairies, woods, inland sands; in sandy soil
Notes: usually blooms later than L. canescens

More Information Natural Communities Herbarium Specimens
All Lithospermum list Ethnobotany Information Google- Images or Text
Batschia gmelinii Michx.
Lithospermum caroliniense (Walter ex J.F.Gmel.) MacMill. var. croceum (Fernald) Cronquist
Lithospermum croceum Fernald
Lithospermum gmelinii (Michx.) Hitchc.

Botany News/Events
Book We Recommend
Historical Botanists
Other Links
Botanical Club of Wisconsin (off site)
UW-Stevens Point Biology Dept.
Plants of Wisconsin
Vascular Plants
Natural Communities
Botany News/Events
Other Links
Lichens (off site)   
Tom Volk's Fungi (off site)
Taxonomy of Vascular Plants
                          Vascular Plants
Browse by Identification Guides
Family Wildflowers
Genus Trees
Common Names Shrubs
Search by Vines
Names Aquatic-Semi aquatic
Specimens Ferns - Fern Allies
Blooming Times Grasses, Sedges, or Rushes
County & Status Other Resources  
Town Range Taxonomy of Vascular Plants
  WI Checklist & CofC Values
Browse by:
Common Name
Search by:
Copyright 2012 Permissions Contact Us Web Map