Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1681

Forb
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Uncommon (rare in Coastal Plain, rare in SC)

Look for it in mountain bogs, marshes, ditches, per Weakley's Flora

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...Wet

LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate (crowded and appearing basal)

FLOWER:
Summer
Yellow
3 sepals
3 petals
3 stamens, 3 fimbriate staminodia
Superior ovary
Inflorescence a compact, terminal, capitate spike

FRUIT:
Summer
Capsule

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Monocots: Commelinids: Poales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Xyris torta   FAMILY Xyridaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Xyris torta   FAMILY Xyridaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 035-01-004:
Xyris torta   FAMILY Xyridaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Slender Yellow-eyed Grass, Mountain Yellow-eyed Grass


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image of Xyris torta

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide    pnd_xyto_004_lvd

        

image of Xyris torta

JK Marlow    jkm120704_537

July    Greenville County    SC

Ashmore Heritage Preserve

Slender scape bears a conelike head from which flowers emerge 1-2 at a time, per Wildflowers of the Southern Mountains.

image of Xyris torta

JK Marlow    jkm120705_587

July    Greenville County    SC

Ashmore Heritage Preserve

Leaves ascending, 8-20" long, 0.1-0.2" wide, usually spiraled or twisted, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

image of Xyris torta

JK Marlow    jkm120705_590

July    Greenville County    SC

Ashmore Heritage Preserve

Our only species of Xyris not strongly associated with the Coastal Plain, per Weakley's Flora.