Burmannia capitata

(Walter ex J. F. Gmelin) Martius

Nov. Gen. Sp. Pl. 1: 12. 1823

Basionyms: Vogelia capitata Walter ex J. F. Gmelin Syst. Nat. 1: 107. 1791
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 26. Treatment on page 487. Mentioned on page 488.
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Illustrator: John Myers
Stems 3–24(–33) cm. Leaves: basal leaves 0–3, ± same size as cauline leaves; cauline leaves subulate-lanceolate, 2–8 × 0.3–1.2 mm. Inflorescences 2–25-flowered cymes, usually appearing capitate (rarely less contracted), or occasionally flower solitary; cyme rachis usually absent, rarely to 6 mm; floral bracts subulate to lanceolate, 1.5–4 mm. Flowers 3-ribbed or slightly 3-winged, 2–6 mm; perianth cream-colored to white, sometimes tinged with blue or green; perianth tube (3- or) 6-lobed, to 0.8 mm wide; outer lobes usually incurved, triangular, 0.3–0.5 mm, margins involute; inner lobes absent or linear to elliptic, to 0.3 mm; pedicel 0–1 mm. Capsules 1.5–3 mm.

Phenology: Flowering mostly late summer–fall.
Habitat: Low woods, pond margins, savannas, bogs, swamps, ditches
Elevation: 0–100 m


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Ala., Fla., Ga., La., Miss., N.C., Okla., S.C., Tex., Mexico, West Indies, Central America, South America (to Argentina, Paraguay, Bolivia, Brazil).


Chromosome counts of this species are not known from our region. A count of 2n = ca. 136 was reported for collections from Argentina.



Lower Taxa

No lower taxa listed.