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WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Sisyrinchium albidum   FAMILY Iridaceae


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Sisyrinchium albidum   FAMILY Iridaceae

INCLUDED WITHIN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 046-02-001:
Sisyrinchium albidum   FAMILY Iridaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Pale Blue-eyed Grass, White Blue-eyed Grass


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image of Sisyrinchium albidum, Pale Blue-eyed Grass, White Blue-eyed Grass

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_sial3_001_lvd

        

image of Sisyrinchium albidum, Pale Blue-eyed Grass, White Blue-eyed Grass

JK Marlow    jkm120325_798

March    McCormick County    SC

Stevens Creek Heritage Preserve

Tepals of our Sisyrinchium (excepting S. rosulatum & minus) spread abruptly, per Weakley's Flora (2012).

image of Sisyrinchium albidum, Pale Blue-eyed Grass, White Blue-eyed Grass

JK Marlow    jkm120325_803

March    McCormick County    SC

Stevens Creek Heritage Preserve

A single outer bract, 3.5-10cm long, subtends twinned pair of sessile spathes, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Sisyrinchium albidum, Pale Blue-eyed Grass, White Blue-eyed Grass

JK Marlow    jkm120325_919

March    McCormick County    SC

Stevens Creek Heritage Preserve

image of Sisyrinchium albidum, Pale Blue-eyed Grass, White Blue-eyed Grass

JK Marlow    jkm120326_042

March    McCormick County    SC

Stevens Creek Heritage Preserve

Leaves mainly basal, light green, smooth, glaucous, 4-8" long, per Wildflowers of Tennessee, the Ohio Valley, and the Southern Appalachians.

image of Sisyrinchium albidum, Pale Blue-eyed Grass, White Blue-eyed Grass

JK Marlow    jkm120326_952

March    McCormick County    SC

Stevens Creek Heritage Preserve

Stems flattened and obviously winged, 1.3-3.4mm wide, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Sisyrinchium albidum, Pale Blue-eyed Grass, White Blue-eyed Grass

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_s_albidum_3

March        

image of Sisyrinchium albidum, Pale Blue-eyed Grass, White Blue-eyed Grass

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_s_albidum_2

April        

image of Sisyrinchium albidum, Pale Blue-eyed Grass, White Blue-eyed Grass

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_sisyrinchium_albidum

April        

Infl. paired, sessile (or to 5mm), closely subtended by long, bractlike leaf, per Flora of North America.

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Sisyrinchium albidum   FAMILY Iridaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Sisyrinchium albidum   FAMILY Iridaceae

INCLUDED WITHIN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 046-02-001:
Sisyrinchium albidum   FAMILY Iridaceae

 

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2201

Forb
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Uncommon (rare in Coastal Plain)

Look for it in woodlands, savannas?, mesic sandhills, open limestone barrens, 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.

 

full sun partial shade ...Moist ...Dry

LEAVES:
Simple

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

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer
Capsule

 

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