ERIOCAULACEAE (Pipewort) - Wildflowers of the Escambia

 

 Bog Buttons
(Lachnocaulon anceps)

 Hatpins
(Syngonanthus flavidulus)

 Pipewort (Eriocaulon septangulare)
There exist three varieties of pipewort in the Escambia region and all appear identical except plant height differs drastically; Pipewort is the tallest reaching heights of 36 inches or more. Bog Buttons reach heights of 12-20 inches and Hatpins a mere 6-8 inches. The three plants do not cross pollinate, nor are they necessarily found in the same bog location. Bog Buttons normally prefer pine barrens; Hatpins prefer damp ditches and moist depressions while Pipewort prefers bogs and swamps. All produce the button-like flower ball in early spring but even that differs in size. While the flowers appear as one tight crown. It is, in fact, hundreds of compacted florets.

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