Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


2855

Forb
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Uncommon (rare in SC)

Look for it - it's locally abundant in wet savannas, pocosin margins, usually in peaty soil, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun ...Wet

LEAVES:
Evergreen
Simple
Mostly basal

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
White/Cream
Bisexual
Radially symmetrical
6 tepals
(6-) 9 (-12) stamens
Inflorescence a raceme

FRUIT:
Fall
Capsule

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Pleea tenuifolia   FAMILY Tofieldiaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Pleea tenuifolia   FAMILY Liliaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH The Genera of Tofieldiaceae in the southeastern US (Zomlefer, 1996)
Tofieldia tenuifolia

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 041-19-001:
Pleea tenuifolia   FAMILY Liliaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Pleea tenuifolia

 

COMMON NAME:
Rush-featherling, Pleea


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image of Pleea tenuifolia, Rush-featherling, Pleea

Will Stuart    wil_pleea_tenuifolia_259

September    Brunswick County    NC

Green Swamp

Perianth segments separate, lanceolate, 10-15mm long, persistent in fruit, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Pleea tenuifolia, Rush-featherling, Pleea

Will Stuart    wil_pleea_tenuifolia_306

September    Brunswick County    NC

Green Swamp

Slender flowering stems ~ 2x as tall as the mostly basal grasslike leaves, per Wild Flowers of NC, 2nd edition.

image of Pleea tenuifolia, Rush-featherling, Pleea

Will Stuart    wil_pleea_tenuifolia_379

September    Brunswick County    NC

Green Swamp

Bracts of the inflorescence large, spathelike, acuminate-aristate at the tip, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Pleea tenuifolia, Rush-featherling, Pleea

Will Stuart    wil_pleea_tenuifolia_455

September    Brunswick County    NC

Green Swamp

New buds on flowering stem.

image of Pleea tenuifolia, Rush-featherling, Pleea

Will Stuart    wil_pleea_tenuifolia_607

September    Brunswick County    NC

Green Swamp