Eriocaulon compressum Lam. - Flattened Pipewort
Family - Eriocaulaceae
Sheathing leaf of flowering scape.
Involucre of flower head.
Flowering - April - October.
Habitat - Bogs, marshes, wet flatwoods, wet ditches.
Origin - Native to North America.
Other information - This attractive species can be found in the southern 1/4 of Alabama. The plant can be identified by its flat basal leaves (which are attenuate), tall flowering scapes, and cottony white heads of flowers. Another species, E. decangulare L. is similar but has involucre bracts which are longer than the flowers and pointed at he apices. This latter species also has hardened flower heads that are hard to press flat and obtuse basal leaves.
Photographs taken off Hwy 98, Wakulla County, FL., 3-29-05.