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

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

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

 

COMMON NAME:
Rush-featherling, Pleea


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image of Pleea tenuifolia

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

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

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

Will Stuart    wil_pleea_tenuifolia_455

September    Brunswick County    NC

Green Swamp

New buds on flowering stem.

image of Pleea tenuifolia

Will Stuart    wil_pleea_tenuifolia_607

September    Brunswick County    NC

Green Swamp