Hypericum setosum L. - Hairy St. John's Wort

Hypericum setosum plant

Family - Clusiaceae

Stems:

Hypericum setosum stem

Leaves:

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Inflorescence:

Hypericum setosum inflorescence

Flowers:

Hypericum setosum flower

Hypericum setosum calyx

Hypericum setosum capsuleCapsule.

Flowering - May - September.

Habitat - Moist to wet flatwoods, savannahs, ditches, bogs.

Origin - Native to North America.

Other information - This species can be found in just a handful of southern Alabama counties. The plant is easy to identify becasue of its angled, densely pubescent stems, small, opposite leaves, and 5-petaled flowers.
The genus name Hypericum is the ancient Greek name for the species (hyperic(on)(um)).
The species epithet setosum derives from the Latin "set(a)" meaning "a bristle" referring to the rough hairs of the stems.

Alabama Distribution:

Hypericum setosum map

Photographs taken at Fort Benning, GA., 9-13-05.


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