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Hypericum hypericoides (Linnaeus) Crantz. St. Andrew's Cross. Phen: May-Aug. Hab: Dry forests and woodlands. Dist: NJ, w. VA, c. KY, se. MO, and c. OK, south to s. FL and e. TX; West Indies; Mexico south to n. Central America.

Origin/Endemic status: Native

Taxonomy Comments: Very variable and probably warranting division into at least varieties. Coastal Plain (especially sandhill) plants are smaller- and narrower-leaved, and bluer in foliage color. The name Ascyrum linifolium Spach probably applies to the Coastal Plain entity. The Mexican-to Central-American populations seem unlikely to be conspecific.

Synonymy: = Bah, C, Fl2, GW2, RAB, Tn, Va, W, WH3, Adams (1962), Adams (1973), Godfrey (1988); = Ascyrum hypericoides L. – Il; = Hypericum hypericoides (L.) Crantz ssp. hypericoides – Ar, FNA6, K1, K3, K4, Mo2, NcTx, Robson (1996); = n/a – Pa; > Ascyrum hypericoides L. – S; > Ascyrum hypericoides L. var. hypericoides – F, G, Tx; > Ascyrum hypericoides L. var. oblongifolium (Spach) Fernald – F, G, Tx; > Ascyrum linifolium Spach – S; < Hypericum hypericoides (L.) Crantz – Mex

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