Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


Because of technology changes and personnel changes at UWSP and the Wisconsin State Herbarium, the database of plant species housed at this site was merged with the database from the OLD WisFlora website to create a new Flora of Wisconsin website at Currently we are encouraging all Wisplant viewers to begin using the Flora of Wisconsin website as soon as possible. Wisplants will remain operational through July 13th. After that date, all traffic to Wisplants will be redirected to the Flora of Wisconsin website.

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  Hypoxis hirsuta (L.) Coville image
Photographer: Merel R. Black           

Botanical Illustration

Botanical Illustration

Caroline A. Creevey

Kenneth J. Sytsma

Marcie O'Connor

Merel R. Black

Christopher Noll

Christopher Noll

Paul Drobot
Family Liliaceae
Hypoxis hirsuta (L.) Coville
common gold-star, common star-grass, yellow star-grass
Hypoxis: ancient Greek for some plants with sour leaves, later transferred to this genus by Linnaeus, Latin means "somewhat acid"
hirsuta: covered with hair
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Status: Native
Plant: erect, perennial, 4"-12" tall forb
Flower: yellow, 6-parted, 5/8" wide, star shape, stalked; inflorescence with 2-6 flowers in an irregular, long-stalked cluster (umbel); blooms April-July
Fruit:elliptical capsule
Leaf:basal, grass-like, with spreading hairs, taller than the flowering stalk when mature
Habitat: dry; open woods, prairies

More Information Natural Communities Herbarium Specimens
All Hypoxis list Google- Images or Text

Flora of North America (off site)
Hypoxis carolinensis Michx.
Hypoxis decumbens L.
Hypoxis erecta L.
Hypoxis graminea Pursh
Hypoxis grandis Pollard
Hypoxis micrantha Pollard
Hypoxis pallida Salisb.
Hypoxis villosa Raf.
Ornithogalum hirsutum L.

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