Nemastylis floridana


J. New York Bot. Gard. 32: 266, fig. 2. 1931.

Common names: Fall-flowering ixia Florida celestial
EndemicConservation concern
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 26. Treatment on page 400. Mentioned on page 398.

Plants slender, 40–150 cm. Bulbs 7–9(–15) mm diam. Stems slender, usually 3–6-branched, rarely simple. Leaves (3–)5–7, basal leaves 2–3, longest; blade ± linear, 3–10 mm wide; cauline leaves progressively reduced distally, becoming bractlike. Rhipidia usually 2-flowered; outer spathe ± 1/2 or slightly less than inner, inner 25–30 mm, apex dry. Tepals dark blue, lanceolate, 20 × 7.5 mm; filaments connate in proximal 1/2 or entirely, ca. 2 mm; anthers ca. 8 mm; ovary ovoid, ca. 2.5 mm; style branching at apex of filament tube; branches ca. 5 mm. Capsules ovoid, truncate, 6–9 mm. Seeds angular-prismatic, ca. 2 mm. 2n = 56.

Phenology: Flowering (Jul–)Aug–Oct.
Habitat: Wet, calcareous, pine flatwoods, wet hummocks


Of conservation concern.

The flowers of Nemastylis floridana open ca. 4 p.m. and close ca. 6 p.m.

Selected References


Lower Taxa