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2. Pleea Michaux, Fl. Bor.-Amer. 1: 247. 1803.

Rush-featherling [for Auguste Plée, 1787–1825, French traveller in the New World]

John G. Packer

Herbs, perennial, rhizomatous, glabrous. Leaves 2-ranked, equitant, mostly basal; blade linear. Inflorescences terminal, racemose, open, bracteate, bracteolate; bracteoles connate in epicalyx. Flowers arising singly; tepals persistent, 6, in 2 somewhat dissimiliar series, distinct; stamens 9(–10), 2 opposite each outer tepal, 1 opposite each inner; filaments dilated basally, flattened; anthers versatile, 2-locular, introrse, without appendages; ovary superior, stipitate, apocarpous basally, glabrous; intercarpellary nectary present; styles 3. Fruits capsular, ovoid to broadly ellipsoid, glabrous, dehiscence septicidal, then adaxially loculicidal. Seeds appendaged. x =15.

Species 1: North America.

F. H. Utech (1978, 1979) clearly demonstrated the relationship of Pleea to Tofieldia sensu lato and reassigned the only species of the former to the latter. Morphologically, though, P. tenuifolia is a very distinctive species and, while it shares characteristics with both Tofieldia and Triantha, it is not in any way an intermediate.


Utech, F. H. 1978. Floral vascular anatomy of Pleea tenuifolia Michx. (Liliaceae-Tofieldieae) and its reassignment to Tofieldia. Ann. Carnegie Mus. 47: 423–454. Utech, F. H. 1979. Karyotype analysis, palynology, and external seed morphology of Tofieldia tenuifolia (Michx.) Utech (Liliaceae-Tofieldieae). Ann. Carnegie Mus. 48: 171–184.

Lower Taxon


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