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Stylisma aquatica (Walter) Rafinesque. Water Dawnflower. Phen: (May-) Jun-Jul (-Aug). Hab: Clay-based Carolina bays, wet pine savannas, margins of pineland ponds (vernal pools). Dist: Se. and sc. NC south to c. FL and Panhandle FL, west to se. AR and e. TX.

ID notes:Stylisma aquatica, as the epithet implies, occurs in wetter (or at least moister) habitats than our other species. The bright pink flowers and densely silvery-hairy leaves are distinctive.

Origin/Endemic status: Endemic

Synonymy: = Fl6, FNA14, GW2, K1, K3, K4, S, Tx, WH3, Myint (1966); = Bonamia aquatica (Walter) A.Gray – RAB, Shinners (1962d); = Bonamia michauxii (Fernald & Schub.) K.A.Wilson – Wilson (1960b); = Breweria aquatica (Walter) A.Gray – Fernald & Schubert (1949); = Breweria michauxii Fernald & Schub. – F

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Wetland Indicator Status:

  • Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain: FACW
  • Eastern Mountains and Piedmont: FACW
  • Great Plains: FACW

Heliophily: 8

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image of plant© Janet Gray | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Janet Gray | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Janet Gray | Original Image ⭷


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