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Pleea tenuifolia Michaux. Rush-featherling. Phen: Sep-Oct; Oct-Nov. Hab: Locally abundant in wet savannas, pocosin margins, usually in peaty soil, locally abundant in a few counties in se. NC, rare inland (very rarely as far as Cumberland County, NC). Dist: A Southeastern Coastal Plain endemic: se. NC and ne. SC south to sw. GA, Panhandle FL and s. AL (see comments in Barger et al. 2023), but apparently absent from s. SC and e. GA.

ID notes: In sterile condition, it is recognizable by its leathery equitant leaves, bright red at their bases.

Origin/Endemic status: Endemic

Other Comments: When in flower in wet savannas and powerline rights-of-way in Brunswick County, Pleea visually dominates areas up to hundreds of hectares.

Synonymy: = FNA26, GW1, K1, K3, K4, RAB, S, S13, WH3; = Tofieldia tenuifolia (Michx.) Utech – Zomlefer (1997c)

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Wetland Indicator Status:

  • Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain: OBL

Heliophily: 9

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