Torrey & A. Gray

Amer. J. Sci. Arts 42: 48. 1842, name conserved ,

Common names: Oconee bells little coltsfoot
Etymology: For Charles Wilkens Short, 1794–1863, Kentucky botanist
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 8. Treatment on page 334. Mentioned on page 332, 333.
Herbs, colonial, scapose, rhizomatous; rhizome slender, scale-leaved, lignescent. Stems erect, unbranched. Leaves basal, rosulate from rhizome buds, 30–80 mm; petiole present; blade orbiculate to elliptic-orbiculate, ovate-oblong, or ovate, margins coarsely crenate-serrate, apex emarginate to truncate, surfaces glabrous, pinnately veined. Scapes bracteate, elongating after flowering. Inflorescences solitary flowers. Flowers: sepals distinct; petals connate in proximal 1/4–1/2, corolla campanulate to funnelform, 15–25 mm, lobes white to rose-purple, margins obtusely toothed to laciniate or fringed; anthers 2-locular, without basal spurs, longitudinally dehiscent; filaments adnate to corolla tube; staminodes present. x = 6.


se United States, e Asia.


Species 6 (1 in the flora).

The Asian species of Shortia occur in Japan (three endemic), Taiwan and the Ryukyus (one endemic), and Yunnan Province, China (one endemic).

Facts about "Shortia"
AuthorGuy L. Nesom +
AuthorityTorrey & A. Gray +
Common nameOconee bells + and little coltsfoot +
Distributionse United States + and e Asia. +
EtymologyFor Charles Wilkens Short, 1794–1863, Kentucky botanist +
IllustrationPresent +
Illustration copyrightFlora of North America Association +
IllustratorYevonn Wilson-Ramsey +
Publication titleAmer. J. Sci. Arts +
Referencebarnes1990a +, davies1952a +, davies1955a +, hatley1977a + and vivian1967a +
Source xml grained fna xml/V8/V8 659.xml +
Taxon familyDiapensiaceae +
Taxon nameShortia +
Taxon parentDiapensiaceae +
Taxon rankgenus +
VolumeVolume 8 +