HABIT: Erect perennial herb to 4.5 dm.; flowering May, June;
fruiting June, July.
SIMILAR SPECIES: Sisyrinchium mucronatum is similar
in general appearance to Sisyrinchium albidum and Sisyrinchium
montanum, but can be distinguished by the following characters: S.
mucronatum - spathe solitary and red-purple, outer bract margins united
only a little above base; S. albidum - spathes two in one outer foliar
bract and green; S. montanum - spathe solitary and green, outer bract
margins united 2-6 mm. above base.
TOTAL RANGE: ME and w. MA to Ont. and B.C., s. to NC, OH,
MI, and MN.
STATE RANGE: There are post-1960 specimens from 5
counties: Erie, Harrison, Jefferson, Ottawa, and Portage. There are pre-1960
specimens from Cuyahoga and Geauga counties.
STATE STATUS: 1980-1989: Threatened, 1990 to present:
HABITAT: A variety of open, usually moist situations:
fields, meadows, open woods, sandy places, moist calcareous flats, and open
boggy thickets; also disturbed areas.
HAZARDS: Overshading by woody species as a result of
RECOVERY POTENTIAL: Presumed good due to its generalized
habitat and tolerance of disturbance.
INVENTORY GUIDELINES: Mature flowering or fruiting material
is needed for positive identification. Note the color of the spathes and the
connation of the outer bract-margins.
COMMENTS: This small, rather inconspicuous, and easily
misidentified plant may be more frequent in the state than current records
indicate. It should be sought throughout northern and eastern Ohio.
taxonomic and nomenclatural difficulties with this genus are clarified by Ward
Braun, E.L. 1967. The Monocotyledoneae of Ohio : Cat-tails
to orchids. The Ohio State University Press, Columbus, OH. 464 p.
Strausbaugh, P.D. and E.L. Core. 1970. Flora of West
Virginia, Part I. 2nd Ed. West Virginia Univ. Bull., Series 70, Morgantown, WV.
xi + 273 p.
Voss, E.G. 1972. Michigan flora, Part I, Gymnosperms and
monocots. Cranbrook Inst. of Sci. Bull.
55, Bloomfield Hills, MI. 488 p.
Ward, D.B. 1968. The nomenclature of Sisyrinchium
bermudiana and related North American species. Taxon 17: 270-276.
Ohio Department of Natural Resources
Division of Natural Areas and Preserves
Created: 1/1984 James F. Burns
Database Code: SPGX.J94