Flora of the Southeastern United States
2022 Edition


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Xyris smalliana Nash. Small's Yellow-eyed-grass. Phen: Jul-Aug. Hab: Pond margins, ditches; often growing in standing water in the intermediate zones of basin marshes adjacent to Hypericum fasciculatum and Pontedaria cordata [in peninsular FL]. Dist: S. ME south to s. FL, west to s. MS; disjunct to se. TX; s. Mexico south into Central America; West Indies (Cuba).

ID notes: This species typically has conspicuous pinkish-red leaf bases.

Origin/Endemic status: Native

Syn: = C, ETx1, FNA22, GW1, K1, K3, K4, Meso6, NE, NY, RAB, S, W, WH3, Bridges & Orzell (2003), Kral (1966a); > Xyris congdonii – F; > Xyris smalliana – F; > Xyris smalliana var. olneyi – G; > Xyris smalliana var. smalliana – G

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