Narthecium americanum

Ker Gawler

Bot. Mag. 37: plate 1505. 1812.

Common names: Yellow asphodel
EndemicConservation concern
Synonyms: Abama americana (Ker Gawler) Morong Abama montana Small Narthecium ossifragum var. americanum (Ker Gawler) A. Gray
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 26. Mentioned on page 67.

Stems 2.5–4.5 dm. Leaf blade 1–2 dm × 0.7–2.5 mm. Racemes compact, 3–6 cm. Tepals 4–7 × 0.5–1.5 mm; stamens 2–3.5 mm; anthers yellow; pedicel 4–5 mm. Capsules 10–14 mm including beaks. Seeds 1–1.5 mm, 7–8 mm including bristle-tails.

Phenology: Flowering mid–late summer.
Habitat: Boggy pine-barrens, pocosins, and wet savannas
Elevation: 0–50 m


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Del., Md., N.J., N.C., S.C.


Of conservation concern.

Narthecium americanum is listed as rare or endangered in North Carolina (J. L. Amoroso 1997), South Carolina (D. A. Rayner et al. 1979), and New Jersey (D. B. Snyder and V. E. Vivian 1981), and it has been extirpated from Delaware (A. O. Tucker et al. 1979).

Selected References


Lower Taxa

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Yellow asphodel +
Del. +, Md. +, N.J. +, N.C. +  and S.C. +
0–50 m +
Boggy pine-barrens, pocosins, and wet savannas +
Flowering mid–late summer. +
Endemic +  and Conservation concern +
Abama americana +, Abama montana +  and Narthecium ossifragum var. americanum +
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