Pleea tenuifolia


Fl. Bor.-Amer. 1: 248, plate 25. 1803.

Synonyms: Tofieldia tenuifolia (Michaux) Utech
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 26. Treatment on page 60. Mentioned on page 59.

Stems scapelike, with 0–4 leaves progressively reduced distally, 30–85 cm. Leaves to 50 cm × 5 mm, with short sheathing base and much longer blade arising abaxially. Inflorescences 3–8-flowered, 5–20 cm; bracts sheathing, 2–7 cm, apex aristate; bracteoles 3, distinct to base or connate to 3/4 their length, 3.5–8 mm, forming sheathing involucre ca. mid pedicel. Flowers: tepals white to yellowish, 9–17 × 2–4 mm, outer series slightly longer and wider; filaments to 5.5 mm; anthers to 4 mm; ovary narrowly conical, ca. 5 mm; styles 1–1.8 mm; pedicel 1–3.5 cm. Capsules 5.5–9 mm, coriaceous. Seeds deep reddish brown, 1–1.5 mm, with appendage 1–2 times longer than seed at one end and sometimes a much shorter one at opposite end. 2n = 30.

Phenology: Flowering late summer–autumn.
Habitat: Savannas, pocosins, marshy ground
Elevation: 0–100 m


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