Iridaceae / Iris
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Similar Species: Wright's Star-Grass (Hypoxis wrightii) AKA (Hypoxis
micrantha) has shorter leaves only to 3mm (0.1") wide with three main veins and usually only one or two flowers.
Found mainly on the coastal plain in well drained (sandy) woods from Virginia to Texas.
Curtis' Star-Grass (Hypoxis curtissii) AKA (Hypoxis leptocarpa) is found mainly on the coastal plain in alluvial soil or wooded swamps. The leaves are mostly smooth with some pubescence at the base and from 3-12mm (0.1- 0.4") wide.
Fringed Yellow Star-Grass (Hypoxis juncea) has very narrow leaves usually 1mm or less wide. There are usually only two flowers. It is found in dryer open areas of the southern coastal plain. Not common.
Stiff Star-Grass (Hypoxis rigida) is rare. It is similar to Wright's Star-Grass (Hypoxis wrightii) perhaps with stiffer leaves with the sheaths of the leaves having stiff bristles. It blooms in mid spring in dry open areas of the coastal plain.
Glossyseed Yellow Star-Grass (Hypoxis sessilis) is similar to Wright's Star-Grass (Hypoxis wrightii) but having usually only one or sometimes two flowers on each 0.5 to 3cm long peduncle. It is found in sandy soil of the coastal plain from Virginia to Texas
One of the best general guides to wildflowers of the North Eastern and North Central United States. Newcomb's key is an excellent, simple method for identifying plants. Newcomb has drawings for almost every plant mentioned that are excellent aids to identifying the species. Though only the more common plants are covered this is often the first book I pick up when trying to identify a wildflower.
This is perhaps the best of many field guides covering this region. Featuring 446 excellent color photographs (located with the text) and mentioning as similar to those illustrated are another 800 or so species for a total coverage of over 1,200 species. The start of each family section includes line drawings of some of the species showing important features. The text includes the usual description, bloom season, range, habitat and additionally includes information such as medical uses and lore and how the species was named. This is the official field guide of the Tennessee Native Plant Society.
Angiosperms / Flowering Plants
Monocots / One Seed Leaf