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Project Name Data (Last Modified On 10/28/2012)

Flora Data (Last Modified On 10/28/2012)
PlaceOfPublication Nov. Gen. & Sp. 1:3 24. 1816.
Synonym Marica tinctoria (HBK.) Ker, Irid. Gen. 23. 1827. Sisyrinchium tingens Steud. Nomencl. 2:596. 1841. Sisyrinchium rigidum Lehm. in Hamb. Gartenz. 6:415. 1850.
Description ris-like herbs 1.5-4.0 dm. tall, not greatly discoloring, but yielding a purplish dye in drying; roots slender and fibrous; leaves all basal, lance-ensiform, 7-25 cm. long, 0.3-1.0 cm. broad; flowering scapes simple, leafless, 15-30 cm. long, very broadly ancipitous and leaf-like; inflorescence simple, 2- to 4-flowered; spathe valves very unequal, the outer leaf-like, 3-6 cm. long; perianth 0.7-0.8 cm. long, yellow veined with brown, glabrous; stamen filaments 0.4 cm. long, free to the base; capsules broadly turbinate, 0.9-1.2 cm. long; seeds about 0.15 cm. in diameter, obscurely foveolate.
Habit herbs
Distribution Mountains of southern Mexico to Peru and Bolivia.
Specimen CHIRIQU: vicinity of Casita Alta, Volcain de Chiriqui, Woodson, Allen & Seibert 850; Finca Lerida to Pefia Blanca, Woodson & Scheery 322; "New Switzerland", valley of Rio Chiriqui Viejo, Allen 1410; Bajo Chorro, Woodson & Schery 644; same locality, Davidson 32; valley of upper Rio Chiriqui Viejo, P. White 66.
Note The first specimen cited, Woodson, Allen & Seibert 850, is much smaller than the others, and may represent one of the numerous segregate species. The speci- men is not in fruit, however, which we would wish to have in order to assign it to another species.
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