Kentucky Nature Preserves Rare Plants

Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission

Carolina Yellow-eyed-grass
Xyris difformis
Family: Xyridaceae

Protection Status:
State Status:  E
USFWS Status: {null}

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: S1?

Wet sands or sandy peats of flatwood pond margins, lakeshores, but more often in allluvial situations; also savannas and roadside ditches (Weakley 1998).

Species Description:
Perennial herb.

Flowering Period: Mid July to late October.

Additional Information at NatureServe

Diagnostic Characteristics:
Leaves are basal and spreading and at the base generally blue cast. Flowers are condensed in a small head at the tip of the flowering stem (scape), the scape twisted. The flowers have 3 yellow petals and two lateral sepals beneath the petals are lacerate.

Avoid changes in moisture/hydrologic conditions at the site. Changes could result from overstory removal, stream/wetland alteration or vegetation removal that would result in increased erosion. Disturbance such as ATV trails, timber removal or any activity that results in increased erosion and weed invasion will be detrimental.

Global Range:

Known Kentucky Occurrences:

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Kentucky State Nature Preserves Commission
801 Teton Trail
Frankfort,KY 40601
Phone: (502) 573-2886
Fax: (502) 573-2355
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