OF THE CAROLINAS & GEORGIA

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Liriope spicata   FAMILY Ruscaceae   NEW! Click to go to FSUS key


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Liriope spicata   FAMILY Liliaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Liriope & Ophiopogon naturalized & commonly cultivated in the USA (Nesom, 2010)
Liriope spicata

SYNONYMOUS WITH (ORTHOGRAPHIC VARIANT) Floristic synthesis of North America. BONAP (Kartesz, 2010)
Liriope spicatum

 

COMMON NAME:
Liriope, Creeping Lilyturf


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image of Liriope spicata, Liriope, Creeping Lilyturf

JK Marlow    jkm140717_884

July    Greenville County    SC

Leaves 3-6(8)mm wide, flexuous and arching, 5-11 nerved, apices acute, per Overview of Liriope and Ophiopogon (Ruscaceae) naturalized and commonly cultivated in the USA (Nesom, 2010).

image of Liriope spicata, Liriope, Creeping Lilyturf

JK Marlow    jkm140717_886

July    Greenville County    SC

Scapes mostly much shorter than the leaves; inflorescences mostly obscured, per Overview of Liriope and Ophiopogon (Ruscaceae) naturalized and commonly cultivated in the USA (Nesom, 2010).

image of Liriope spicata, Liriope, Creeping Lilyturf

JK Marlow    jkm140717_886b

July    Greenville County    SC

Flowers erect. Corollas mostly white. Inflorescence rachis 2-5(8)cm long, per Overview of Liriope and Ophiopogon (Ruscaceae) naturalized and commonly cultivated in the USA (Nesom, 2010).

image of Liriope spicata, Liriope, Creeping Lilyturf

JK Marlow    jkm140717_891

July    Greenville County    SC

Plants colonial, from slender stolons, unequivocally "spreading", per Overview of Liriope and Ophiopogon (Ruscaceae) naturalized and commonly cultivated in the USA (Nesom, 2010).

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Liriope spicata   FAMILY Ruscaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Liriope spicata   FAMILY Liliaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Liriope & Ophiopogon naturalized & commonly cultivated in the USA (Nesom, 2010)
Liriope spicata

SYNONYMOUS WITH (ORTHOGRAPHIC VARIANT) Floristic synthesis of North America. BONAP (Kartesz, 2010)
Liriope spicatum

 

Find by scientific name:

3687

Forb
Perennial

Non-native: China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea & Vietnam

Documented growing wild in - NC -

Rare

Habitat: Commonly planted, persistent and escaping, locally abundant, per Weakley's Flora

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Invasive?

This plant may be causing problems in natural areas outside its native range, according to authorities such as:

 

LEAVES:
Evergreen
Simple
Basal

FLOWER:
Summer
White / very pale violet
Bisexual
Radially symmetrical
6 tepals
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Blue-black/ Blackish-purple

 

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