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FNA | Family List | FNA Vol. 26 | Liliaceae | Hypoxis

6. Hypoxis sessilis Linnaeus, Sp. Pl., ed. 2. 1: 439. 1762.

Hypoxis erecta Linnaeus var. aestivalis Engelmann & A. Gray; H. longii Fernald

Leaves 0. 9–5 mm wide, soft, usually stiff, sparsely to densely pubescent. Scape (3–)4–9(–14) cm. Inflorescences racemose, 1(–2)-flowered; proximal 2 flowers, when present, not paired; bracts (2–)3–7(–8) mm. Flowers: tepals (6–)7–10(–13) × 0.9–2.4 mm (chasmogamous flowers), shorter to longer than pedicel, 1.5–2 times as long as ovary; anthers 1.1–2.2 mm; ovary oblanceoloid, (3–)4–5(–6) × 1.5–2.5 mm, densely pilose; pedicel (2–)3–7(–8) mm, equaling or slightly shorter than bracts. Seeds black beneath loose, iridescent, membranous coat, (1.3–)1.4–2 mm, with rounded pebbling.

Flowering spring--summer. Mesic to moist pinelands; 0--200 m; Ala., Ark., Fla., Ga., La., Miss., N.C., Okla., S.C., Tex., Va.

Although there is a strong tendency for summer flowering in Hypoxis sessilis, in the southern part of its range it will flower at any time of year in response to fire or other disturbances.


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