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  Sisyrinchium campestre E.P.Bicknell image
Photographer: Merel R. Black           

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Merel R. Black

Merel R. Black

Merel R. Black

Merel R. Black

Christopher Noll
Family Iridaceae
Sisyrinchium campestre E.P.Bicknell
prairie blue-eyed-grass
Sisyrinchium: Greek sys for pig; rynchos for snout; referring to a pig grubbing the roots for food
campestre: Latin meaning "of the fields"
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Status: Native
Plant: erect, perennial, 4"-16" tall forb, pale green, smooth, lightening when dry to a yellow-green or olive; stems distinctly winged, not wiry, up to 1/8" wide, unbranched
Flower: white to pale blue, 6-parted, 1/2" - 1" wide, tepal bases yellow, tips rounded to notched with a sharp point; inflorescence of 1 cluster near the top of the stem surrounded by usually stalkless, green to purplish spathes that are usually not connected at the base, outer sheath 3/4"-2" long; blooms May-July
Fruit:small, roundish, light to dark brown capsule
Leaf:narrow, almost as wide as the stems, smooth
Habitat: dry to moderate moisture; meadows, prairies, open woods

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Flora of North America (off site)
Sisyrinchium campestre E.P.Bicknell f. flaviflorum (E.P.Bicknell) Steyerm.
Sisyrinchium campestre E.P.Bicknell var. campestre
Sisyrinchium campestre E.P.Bicknell var. kansanum E.P.Bicknell
Sisyrinchium flaviflorum E.P.Bicknell
Sisyrinchium kansanum (E.P.Bicknell) Alexander

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