Lachnanthes caroliana (Lam.) Dandy - Carolina Redroot

Lachnanthes caroliana plant

Family - Haemodoraceae

Stems:

Lachnanthes caroliana stem

Leaves:

Lachnanthes caroliana basalsBasal leaves.

Lachnanthes caroliana stem leafStem leaf.

Inflorescence:

Lachnanthes caroliana inflorescence

Flowers:

Lachnanthes caroliana flower

Flowering - June - September.

Habitat - Bogs, wet flatwoods, seeps, ditches, savannahs.

Origin - Native to North America.

Other information - This interesting species can be found in southern Alabama. The plant is easy to identify becasue of its red roots, iris-like basal leaves, pubescent scapes, and grayish inflorescences.
The genus name Lachnanthes derives from the Greek "lachn" meaning "woolly" and "anth(e)" meaning "a flower" referring to the grayish-hairy flowers.
The species epithet caroliana means "of Carolina" because the plant's occurrence there also.

Alabama Distribution:

Lachnanthes caroliana map

Photographs taken near Eufala Wildlife Refuge, AL., 6-25-06.


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