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Anthenantia rufa (Elliott) J.A. Schultes. Purple Silkyscale. Phen: Sep-Oct. Hab: Wet pine savannas in the outer Coastal Plain, seepage bogs and moist sandhill-pocosin ecotones in the fall-line sandhills. Dist: Se. NC south to n. FL and west to w. LA.

Origin/Endemic status: Endemic

Other Comments: A. rufa inhabits much wetter habitats than the similar A. villosa, and is more typical of the outer Coastal Plain. Plants without culms are reminiscent of the Liliaceae.

Synonymy: = FlGr, FNA25, Kral (2004); = Anthaenantia rufa (Elliott) Schult. – GW1, HC, K1, RAB, S, S13, Tx, WH3, Crins (1991), orthographic variant; < Anthenantia rufa (Elliott) Schult. – K3, K4

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Wetland Indicator Status:

  • Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain: FACW (taxonomic split from wetland indicator species)
  • Great Plains: FACU (taxonomic split from wetland indicator species)

Heliophily: 8

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