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Triantha glutinosa T. racemosa

false asphodel, sticky tofieldia

Triantha racemosa
Photo by Renee Brecht Britton and Brown. See credits below.**

Botanical name: T. glutinosa T. racemosa
Common name: false asphodel
Synonomy: Tofieldia racemosa
Group: Monocot
Family: Liliaceae
Growth Type: Forb/herb
Duration: Perennial
Origin: Native
Plant height: 20-40 cm
Foliage: sticky, pubescent, leafless stem, or 1-3 leaves toward the base
Flower color: white
Flower size: 5 mm flowers, crowded in a raceme at the top of a single stem
Flowering/fruiting time late June to mid-July
Habitat: pine barrens savannahs
Range in New Jersey: five confirmed populations within the NJ pine barrens
Heritage ranking if any: S1, E, LP, HL
Misc.: Office of Natural Lands Management - Publications

For a discussion on the hybridization of T. racemosa and T. glutinosa in New Jersey see Eflora

Common pollinators are Diptera and Lepidoptera. Most growth is asexual (rhizomatous).

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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913. An illustrated flora of the northern United States, Canada and the British Possessions. Vol. 1: 519.
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