Lachnanthes caroliana

Lachnanthes caroliana
Lachnanthes caroliana
Robert H. Mohlenbrock @ USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA SCS. 1991.Southern wetland flora: Field office guide to plant species.
USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913.¬ƯAn illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. Vol. 1: 531.
Botanical name: Lachnanthes caroliana
Common name: redroot
Group: monocot
Family: Haemodoraceae
Growth type: forb/herb
Duration: perennial
Origin: native
Plant height: 4 - 18"
Foliage: fleshy,  deep red roots; stout erect stem with pointed narrow leaves, clustered at base
Flower: dull yellow, 1/2" long
Flowering time: blooms late June to September, mostly July; fruits late August to September
Habitat: swamps and bogs; considered a weed in cranberry bogs
Range in New Jersey: throughout the Pine Barrens including Cape May County
Heritage ranking, if any: n/a
Misc. Stone, in 1910, says, "Unlike many other bog plants, this species is not injured by the cultivation and flooding of the cranberry bogs; on the contrary, it increases under these conditions until it becomes a positive weed, and great heaps of the plants are often to be seen stacked up on the dykes after the weeding of the bog. It bears a resemblance to Lophiola, but is not so delicate in color, the wooly covering being always duller and more rusty"(355).