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Nemastylis geminiflora [Iridaceae]

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Scientific Name Nemastylis geminiflora USDA PLANTS Symbol NEGE
Common Name Celestials ITIS Taxonomic Serial No. 503937
Family Iridaceae (Iris) SEINet
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Description Habitat: Various soils and conditions in woodlands, prairies, and pastures.
Plant: Erect, smooth, grass-like perennial with branched stems up to 18 inches tall; colony-forming.
Leaves: Folded, arching, narrowly linear or sword-shaped basal and stem leaves, 8 to 16 inches long; 2 or 3 basal leaves and 2 or 3 stem leaves, at least one extending beyond the inflorescence.
Inflorescence: One or two blue, sometimes white flowers on each stem, 2 or more inches across with 6 ovate-lanceolate, pointed tepals about an inch long, white at base, white zone sometimes edged with dark blue; yellow anthers.
Bloom Period: March to May.
References: "Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas" by Correll and Johnston, "Wildflowers of the Texas Hill Country" by Marshall Enquist, "Wildflowers of Texas" by Geyata Ajilvsgi and Flora of North America.
BONAP Distribution Map

Texas Status:
Native

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