Sabatia decandra (Walter) R.M. Harper. Phen: Jun-Aug; Aug-Oct. Hab: Margins of Taxodium ascendens-Nyssa depressions, wet pine flatwoods. Dist: Ne. SC south to s. FL, west to s. AL and se. MS.
Origin/Endemic status: Endemic
Taxonomy Comments: Walter's ((1788) name S. decandra was rejected by Wilbur (1955) as being too uncertain as to the intended species, leading to his giving this species the new name S. bartramii. Ward (2007e) argued for retention of the older name and neotypified it. We agree with Ward (2007e) and reinstate S. decandra, particularly as a major part of Wilbur's argument is based on the non-overlap of the range of S. decandra and the stated area covered by Walter, yet we have gradually appreciated that a considerable number of species in Walter (1788) are not plausibly from the vicinity of his plantation.
Synonymy: = Fl5, K4, WH3, Ward (2007e); = Sabatia bartramii Wilbur – GW2, K1, K3, Wilbur (1955); = Sabatia dodecandra (L.) Britton, Sterns, & Poggenb. var. coriacea (Elliott) H.E.Ahles – RAB; = Sabbatia decandra (Walter) R.M.Harper – S