OF THE CAROLINAS & GEORGIA

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA OF THE SOUTHEASTERN US (4/24/22):
Sisyrinchium albidum   FAMILY Iridaceae   Go to FSUS key


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Sisyrinchium albidum   FAMILY Iridaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Sisyrinchium albidum

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

INCLUDING Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Sisyrinchium albidum

INCLUDING Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Sisyrinchium scabrellum

 

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 OF THE SOUTHEASTERN US (4/24/22):
Sisyrinchium albidum   FAMILY Iridaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Sisyrinchium albidum   FAMILY Iridaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Sisyrinchium albidum

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

INCLUDING Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Sisyrinchium albidum

INCLUDING Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Sisyrinchium scabrellum

 

Find by SCIENTIFIC NAME:

2201

Forb
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Uncommon (rare in Coastal Plain)

Habitat: woodlands, mesic longleaf pine sandhills, open limestone barrens, prairies, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Simple

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

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer
Capsule

 

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