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Amsonia ciliata
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Amsonia ciliata

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Coleosporiaceae  Coleosporium apocynaceum @ BPI (13)

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Amsonia ciliata Walt. var. filifolia Wood - Fringed Bluestar

Amsonia ciliata plant

Family - Apocynaceae

Habit - Perennial forb, sometimes with woody base.

Stems - Ascending, to 50 cm, sometimes branched, glabrous or sparsely hairy.

Amsonia ciliata stem Stem and nodes.

Leaves - Alternate, often appearing nearly whorled at some nodes, sessile. Leaf blades mostly 1.5-5.0 cm long, those of the main stem leaves linear, the lowermost sometimes narrowly oblanceolate, glabrous, the margins sometimes revolute, the upper surface somewhat shiny, the undersurface pale green and often somewhat glaucous.

Amsonia ciliata leaf Adaxial leaf surface.

Amsonia ciliata leaf Abaxial leaf surface.

Inflorescences - Loose terminal clusters, 4-6 cm long at flowering, positioned above the leaves. Flower stalks 8-10 mm long, often tinged with blue.

Flowers - Calyces glabrous, the lobes 1.0-1.2 mm long, triangular. Corollas densely hairy internally, glabrous externally, the tube 6-7 mm long, about 1 mm wide at base, the throat 2.0-2.4 mm wide, the lobes 5-8 mm long, 1.5-2.5 mm wide.

Amsonia ciliata calyx Calyx.

Amsonia ciliata flower Corolla.

Fruits - Fruits 7-13 cm long, more or less erect and held above the leaves, not constricted between the seeds, often dehiscing by a slit toward the tip. Seeds 4-7 mm long, 1.2-1.6 mm wide, the surface with wrinkled and pitted or with low, corky ridges, dark brown.

Flowering - April - May.

Habitat - Limestone glades, bald knobs, edges of limestone bluffs along streams.

Origin - Native to U.S.

Other info. - This species can be found in just four southern Missouri counties. It is somewhat more common southward, ranging down into Texas, and is also present in several southeastern states. The plant can be identified by its crowded, very thin leaves, and its big inflorescences of bluish flowers. The species is somewhat variable in leaf width and corolla size and has been subdivided on that basis. Missouri plants are assignable to var. filifolia , which has very narrow leaves with revolute margins. The leaves are rugose. The plants are attractive and deserving of wider cultivation.

Photographs taken at Bibb County Glades, AL., 5-1-05.

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Amsonia ciliata Walter
fringed bluestar

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General Information
Symbol: AMCI
Group: Dicot
Family: Apocynaceae
Duration: Perennial
Growth Habit : Forb/herb
Native Status : L48   N
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Mark A. Garland. United States, FL, Liberty Co., County Road 1641. Usage Requirements .

Mark A. Garland. United States, FL, Liberty Co., County Road 1641. Usage Requirements .

Mark A. Garland. United States, FL, Liberty Co., County Road 1641. Usage Requirements .




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Rank Scientific Name and Common Name
Kingdom Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Subclass Asteridae
Order Gentianales
Family Apocynaceae – Dogbane family
Genus Amsonia Walter – bluestar
Species Amsonia ciliata Walter – fringed bluestar

Subordinate Taxa

The Plants Database includes the following 3 subspecies of Amsonia ciliata . Click below on a thumbnail map or name for subspecies profiles. Plant is native (blue) Native Plant is introduced Introduced Plant is introduced Native and Introduced Related taxa legend Distribution of <i>
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Amsonia ciliata var. ciliata
fringed bluestar Distribution of <i>
Amsonia ciliata</i>
Walter var. <i>
(Raf.) Woodson
Amsonia ciliata var. tenuifolia
fringed bluestar Distribution of <i>
Amsonia ciliata</i>
Walter var. <i>
(A. Gray) J.M. Coult.
Amsonia ciliata var. texana
Texas bluestar

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