Tuesday, August 16, 2005

Swamp Pink (Helonias bullata L)

Swamppink (Helonias bullata L) Symbol: HEBU, Group: Monocot, Family: Liliaceae, Growth Habit: Forb/herb, Duration: Perennial, U.S. Nativity: Native. View 105 genera in Liliaceae, 1 species in Helonias. Ranges from Mountains in northeastern Georgia, north to Virginia, and north into the Coastal Plain wetlands of Maryland, Delaware, and New Jersey and New York.

This Perennial herb may occur singly or in clumps, it has a distinctive rosette of deep green, sharply pointed, evergreen leaves. 9-30 cm long and 1.5-4.0 cm wide. Flowering period runs from early April to mid-April, fruiting period occures from late May to early June. Swamp Pink Grows in coldwater seepage swamps of the Blue Ridge mountain bogs. This species was first collected in the mid-1700s, in the Philadelphia area. Carl von Linné, 1707-1778, the Father of Botany, named it in 1753, probably from the Greek word for swamp, helos. Helonias bullata is rare throughout its range. It has sustained significant habitat loss throughout its range due to draining of its habitat for conversion to agricultural land.

Creator: Stolz, Gary M., Source: WO8235-001, Publisher: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Contributor: DIVISION OF PUBLIC AFFAIRS, Language: EN - ENGLISH, Rights: (public domain), Audience: (general)

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Text Reference: USDA-NRCS. 2005. The PLANTS Database (http://plants.usda.gov). National Plant Data Center, Baton Rouge, LA 70874-4490 USA

Kingdom Plantae – Plants, Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants, Superdivision Spermatophyta – Seed plants, Division Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants, Class Liliopsida – Monocotyledons, Subclass Liliidae –, Order Liliales –, Family Liliaceae – Lily family, Genus Helonias L. – helonias, Species Helonias bullata L. – swamppink.

Swamp Pink (Helonias bullata L)

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