Pleea tenuifolia Michaux. Phen: Sep-Oct; Oct-Nov. Hab: Locally abundant in wet savannas, pocosin margins, usually in peaty soil, locally abundant in a few counties in se. NC, rare inland (very rarely as far as Cumberland County, NC). Dist: A Southeastern Coastal Plain endemic: se. NC and ne. SC south to sw. GA, Panhandle FL and s. AL (see comments in Barger et al. 2023), but apparently absent from s. SC and e. GA.
ID notes:In sterile condition, it is recognizable by its leathery equitant leaves, bright red at their bases.
Origin/Endemic status: Endemic
Other Comments: When in flower in wet savannas and powerline rights-of-way in Brunswick County, Pleea visually dominates areas up to hundreds of hectares.
Synonymy: = FNA26, GW1, K1, K3, K4, RAB, S, WH3; = Tofieldia tenuifolia (Michx.) Utech – Zomlefer (1997c)