Stylisma aquatica (Walter) Rafinesque. Phen: (May-) Jun-Jul. 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, 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