Sisyrinchium angustifolium Mill.
Family: Iridaceae
narrow-leaved blue-eyed-grass,  more...
[Sisyrinchium bermudiana auct. non L.,  more]
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Etymology: Sisyrinchium: Greek sys for pig; rynchos for snout; referring to a pig grubbing the roots for food
Plants: erect, perennial, 6"-20" tall forb, bright green, darkening when dry to dark olive to blackish; stems flat, widely winged to 1/5" wide, thin, branched, 1 or 2 nodes, mostly straight from the nodes, longer than the leaves
Leaves: narrow, mostly wider and shorter than the stems, up to 1/4" wide, smooth
Flowers: pale blue to violet, 6-parted, 1/2" - 1" wide, tepals sometimes white, bases yellow, tips rounded or notched with a sharp point; inflorescence of 1 cluster from the leaf axils, sheaths (spathes) usually green, wider than the stalk, connected at the base, outer sheath 3/4"-1 1/2" long
Fruits: small, roundish capsule, dark brown to black, sometimes tinged with purple
Habitat: moist; meadows, grassy areas, open woods
Conservation Status: Special Concern
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Janice Stiefel  
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Janice Stiefel  
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Merel R. Black  
Sisyrinchium angustifolium image
Merel R. Black  
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Botanical Illustration  
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Botanical Illustration  
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