Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium


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  Sisyrinchium albidum Raf. image
Photographer: Kenneth J. Sytsma           
Family Iridaceae
Sisyrinchium albidum Raf.
common blue-eyed-grass, pale blue-eyed-grass, white blue-eyed-grass
Sisyrinchium: Greek sys for pig; rynchos for snout; referring to a pig grubbing the roots for food
albidum: white
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Status: Native
Plant: erect, perennial, 4"-16" tall forb, pale green, smooth, dries to a yellow-green or olive; stems distinctly winged, not wiry, to 1/8" wide, unbranched
Flower: white to blue, 6-parted, 1/2" - 1" wide, tepals with yellow bases; tips notched with a sharp point; inflorescence of 2, usually stalkless clusters at the top of the stem just above a long, bract-like leaf that often hides the inner cluster, 2 sheaths (spathes) greenish or often slightly purplish, usually separated at the base, outer sheath 1/2"-1" long; blooms May-July
Fruit:small, roundish, tan to light brown capsule
Leaf:narrow, almost as wide as the stems, smooth
Habitat: dry to moderate moisture; prairies, meadows, open woods; in sandy soil

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Flora of North America (off site)
Sisyrinchium asheianum E.P.Bicknell
Sisyrinchium bermudianum L. var. albidum (Raf.) A.Gray
Sisyrinchium floridanum Raf.
Sisyrinchium hastile E.P.Bicknell
Sisyrinchium niveum Raf.
Sisyrinchium scabrellum E.P.Bicknell

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