Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1390

Forb
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas

Documented growing wild in - NC SC

Rare, endemic to Henderson, Polk & Rutherford counties, NC, & Greenville Co, SC

Look for it in dry to mesic woodlands and forests, usually over mafic rocks (such as amphibolite), at low to moderate elevations (400-1000m) in the Blue Ridge escarpment, per Weakley's Flora

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partial shade ...Moist ...Variable ...Dry

LEAVES:
Simple

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
White
Bisexual
Radially symmetrical
6 tepals
3 united stamens
Inferior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer
Capsule

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Monocots: Asparagales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (10/20/20):
Sisyrinchium dichotomum   FAMILY Iridaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Sisyrinchium dichotomum   FAMILY Iridaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
White Irisette, Isothermal Irisette


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image of Sisyrinchium dichotomum, White Irisette, Isothermal Irisette

Pam Torlina    pam_050709_1172

May    Polk County    NC

image of Sisyrinchium dichotomum, White Irisette, Isothermal Irisette

Pam Torlina    pam_052010_4069

May    Polk County    NC

Perianth with tepals abruptly spreading in a plane; tepals white, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Sisyrinchium dichotomum, White Irisette, Isothermal Irisette

Pam Torlina    pam_052010_4070_1

May    Polk County    NC

It has several pedunculate spathes that become progressively smaller upwards, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

image of Sisyrinchium dichotomum, White Irisette, Isothermal Irisette

Pam Torlina    pam_062608_321

June    Polk County    NC

Tepals recurved at maturity, per Weakley's Flora (2015).

image of Sisyrinchium dichotomum, White Irisette, Isothermal Irisette

Samantha Tessel    sam071221_7122434

July    Greenville County    SC

Chestnut Ridge Heritage Preserve

Outer tepals 3.3-7.5mm, apex apparently rounded, aristate, per Flora of North America.

image of Sisyrinchium dichotomum, White Irisette, Isothermal Irisette

Samantha Tessel    sam071221_7122435

July    Greenville County    SC

Chestnut Ridge Heritage Preserve

image of Sisyrinchium dichotomum, White Irisette, Isothermal Irisette

Samantha Tessel    sam_2771

August    Greenville County    SC

Chestnut Ridge Heritage Preserve