Sisyrinchium nashii

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Sisyrinchium nashii
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Photo by John R. Gwaltney, Southeastern
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta - Flowering plants
Class: Liliopsida – Monocotyledons
Order: Liliales
Family: Iridaceae
Genus: Sisyrinchium
Species: S. nashii
Binomial name
Sisyrinchium nashii
E.P. Bicknell
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Natural range of Sisyrinchium nashii from USDA NRCS Plants Database.

Common name: Nash's blue-eyed grass

Taxonomic notes

Synonym: Sisyrinchium fibrosum E.P. Bicknell


A description of Sisyrinchium nashii is provided in The Flora of North America.




In the Coastal Plain in Florida and Georgia, S. nashii occurs in limestone glades, longleaf pine/scrub oak communities, longleaf pine/wiregrass flats, slashpine woodlands bordering a tidal marsh, Cyrilla-Cliftonia thickets, and xeric oak/saw palmetto scrubs. Soil types include loamy sand, sand, and sandy loam. Associated species include Sarracenia minor, Calopogon, Schoenus nigricans, Sporobolus vaginiflorus, Dichanthelium commutatum, Polygala boykinii, and Echinacea purpurea.[1]


It flowers March through May and fruits April through May.[1]

Fire ecology

S. nashii has been observed growing in frequently burned longleaf pine/wiregrass communities.[1]


The following Hymenoptera families and species were observed visiting flowers of Sisyrinchium nashii at Archbold Biological Station: [2]

Halictidae: Lasioglossum coreopsis

Conservation and management

Cultivation and restoration

Historically, this species was used by the Miccosukee Indians as an analgesic and for moving sickness.[3]

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References and notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Florida State University Robert K. Godfrey Herbarium database. URL: Last accessed: November 2015. Collectors: Loran C. Anderson, Wilson Baker, M. Davis, Angus Gholson Jr., Robert K. Godfrey, Ann F. Johnson, R. Komarek, Cecil R. Slaughter, Bian Tan. States and Counties: Florida: Bay, Columbia, Duval, Franklin, Gadsden, Jackson, Leon, Liberty, Nassau, Osceola, Pasco, Wakulla. Georgia: Baker, Grady, Thomas. Compiled by Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy.
  2. Deyrup, M.A. and N.D. 2015. Database of observations of Hymenoptera visitations to flowers of plants on Archbold Biological Station, Florida, USA.
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