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Xyris fimbriata

Xyris fimbriata Elliott

giant yellow-eyed grass

Xyris fimbriata (Giant Yellow-eyed Grass)
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NCBG PLANT INDEX
ID_PLANT: XYFI
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Xyris fimbriata
GENUS: Xyris
FAMILY: XYRIDA - Xyridaceae (Yellow-eyed Grass Family)

NCBG DESCRIPTIVES
INTRO: Tall, scapose perennial from clump of narrow leaves, found in mucky-sandy soils of upland depression ponds, also along sandhill streams, impoundments and in deep muck of sandhills seepage slopes.
STEMS: Stem twisted and multi-ribbed below, flattened and 2-ribbed above.
LEAVES: Leaves linear to strap-like, not twisted, thick, tan-colored, bases reddish.
INFLORESCENCE: Flowers in short, oval, cone-like spike at stem tip, each bud concealed inside single light-brown (with green center), scale-like bract.
FLOWERS: 1 to several yellow, 3-petaled flowers open at a time, in morning; prominently protruding sepas have fringed keels, making spike appear fuzzy.
FRUITS:
COMMENTS:
HEIGHT: 1.5-4 ft.

DURATION: Perennial
HABIT: Herb

LEAF ARRANGEMENT: Alternate
LEAF COMPLEXITY:
LEAF RETENTION:

FLORAL
SYMMETRY:
BLOOM TIME: Sep-Oct
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BLOOM COLOR: Yellow
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FRUITING PERIOD:

DISTRIBUTION
HABITAT TYPE: Pine savannas, Sandhills
NATIVE RANGE:

HORTICULTURAL
Plant Sale Text: Giant yellow-eyed grass is not a grass at all, but it has skinny flat leaves like a grass and cool twisted stems. The 3-petaled yellow flowers are interesting and unusual, as they are arranged at the top of a cylindrical spike on a tall stem. Native to wet flatwoods, depression ponds, and sandhill seepage slopes of the Coastal Plain of the southeastern United States, giant yellow-eyed grass is a good choice for bog gardens or other sunny soggy areas of the garden.

Cultural Notes:

SOIL MOISTURE: Moist/Wet
LIGHT EXPOSURE: Sun
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MAXIMUM HARDINESS ZONE:
GERMINATION CODE: 1,4
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USDA PLANTS DATABASE
USDA Symbol: XYFI
USDA Common Name: Fringed Yelloweyed Grass
Native Status: L48 (N)
Distribution: USA (AL, DE, FL, GA, LA, MD, MS, NC, NJ, PA, SC, TN, TX, VA)
Duration: Perennial
Growth Habit: Forb/herb

NATIONAL WETLAND INDICATOR STATUS

Region:AGCPAKAWCBEMPGPHIMWNCNEWMVE
Status: OBL OBL

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 2016 National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.3 (Lichvar, R.W., D.L. Banks, W.N. Kirchner, and N.C. Melvin. 2016. The National Wetland Plant List: 2016 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2016-30: 1-17. Published 28 April 2016. ISSN 2153 733X). Regions: AGCP-Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain, AK-Alaska, AW-Arid West, CB-Caribbean, EMP-Eastern Mountains and Piedmont, GP-Great Plains, HI-Hawaii, MW-Midwest, NCNE-Northcentral and Northeast, WMCV-Western Mountains, Valleys & Coast
WEAKLEY FLORA
SCIENTIFIC NAME: Xyris fimbriata
COMMON NAME: Giant Yellow-eyed Grass
SYNONYMY: [= C, F, FNA, G, GW, K, RAB, S, Va, WH3, X, Z]
PHENOLOGY: Sep-Oct.
HABITAT: In mucky or sandy soils of upland depression ponds, also along sandhill streams, impoundments and in deep muck of sandhills seepage slopes often just below the zone occupied by Xyris chapmanii.
COMMENTS: Se. VA south to c. peninsular FL, west (interruptedly) to se. TX; disjunct in s. NJ, DE, and c. TN.
RANGE MAP: Xyris fimbriata.png

Key to Map Symbols.

ABOUT FAMILY (Weakley Flora)
Xyridaceae C. Agardh 1823 (Yellow-eyed Grass Family)
SUMMARY: As recognized more narrowly (excluding Abolboda, Aratitiyopea, and Orectanthe into the Abolbodaceae), a family of 2 genera and about 300-325 species, nearly cosmopolitan (most diverse in tropical and subtropical regions, and especially South America).
REFERENCE: Kral in FNA (2000); Kral in Kubitzki (1998b).
ABOUT GENUS (Weakley Flora)
Xyris Linnaeus 1753 (Yellow-eyed Grass)
SUMMARY: A genus of about 300-325 species, nearly cosmopolitan (most diverse in tropical and subtropical regions, and especially South America). This technical genus is known well by only a few botanists, and additional undescribed taxa are possible.
REFERENCE: Kral in FNA (2000); Ward (2007b)=V; Bridges & Orzell (2003)=X; Kral (1966a)=Z; Kral (1983b, 1999); Kral in Kubitzki (1998b). Key adapted from X, GW, and Z.

Seeds of Success (SOS)

SOS_NUM COL_DATE PERS_NUM STATE ECOREGION_III DETAIL
761 2017-11-15 60 North Carolina 63 Show

HERBARIUM RESOURCES
SERNEC: Find Xyris fimbriata in Southeast Regional Network of Experts and Collections (if available)
UNC SERNEC: Find Xyris fimbriata in University of North Carolina Chapel Hill Herbarium - Southeast Regional Network of Experts and Collections (if available)

WEB RESOURCES
USDA: Find Xyris fimbriata in USDA Plants
NPIN: Find Xyris fimbriata in NPIN Database
FNA: Find Xyris fimbriata in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Xyris fimbriata

NCBG RECORD
ID IMAGE1: 18324
ID IMAGE2: 18325
ID IMAGE3: 18324
Include in WOTAS: 0
Publish to Web: 1
Last Modified: 2018-01-10

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