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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 (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 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, Slender Yellow-eyed-grass, Mountain Yellow-eyed-grass

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

        

image of Xyris torta, Slender Yellow-eyed-grass, Mountain Yellow-eyed-grass

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, Slender Yellow-eyed-grass, Mountain Yellow-eyed-grass

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, Slender Yellow-eyed-grass, Mountain Yellow-eyed-grass

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.

 

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 (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 035-01-004:
Xyris torta   FAMILY Xyridaceae

 

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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

map
Click here to see a more detailed map from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Herbarium,

or click here to see a map from SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria.

 

...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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