Southern Pipewort
(Hairy Pipewort - Hairy Bogbutton - Southern Bogbutton)
Eriocaulon australasicum
Eriocaulaceae (Bog Buttons) Family

Plant is an upright, medium to small, rosulate, scapose, tufted herb with thickened, generally unbranched and pale colored roots. Its preferred habitat is lake margins, wet prairies and pine flatwoods. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.

The leaves are linear to linear-lanceolate, basal, arranged in a spiral rosette, expanded basally and clasping. The color is bright green to yellow-green.

The flowers are solitary heads or a contracted spike on a six to ten inch scape. Each flower is unisexual in nature, small with two sepals and two petals, three to four stamens, two carpels and a two-branched style. Each flower is subtended by a single membranous bract. The color is white to gray. Flowers occur in the summer.

Fruit is a capsule with a persistent style.

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