Flora of the Southeastern United States
2022 Edition


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Stylisma aquatica (Walter) Rafinesque. Water Dawnflower. Phen: (May-) Jun-Jul. Hab: Clay-based Carolina bays, wet pine savannas, margins of pineland ponds. 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

Syn: = Fl6, GW2, K1, K3, K4, S, Tx, WH3, Myint (1966); = Bonamia aquatica – RAB, Shinners (1962d); = Bonamia michauxii – Wilson (1960b); = Breweria michauxii – F

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image of plant© Janet Gray
image of plant© Janet Gray
image of plant© Janet Gray