Queen’s delight

This perennial herb is found in a range of habitats, from dry sandhills to pine flatwoods to, as in this case, short hydroperiod prairies. This individual of Stillingia sylvatica has sprouted back and is flowering within a few weeks of a fire. The somewhat complicated, but not very showy, inflorescence has staminate flowers along the upper portion with the pistillate flowers below. The fruits are three-lobed capsules characteristic of the spurge family. The closely related corkwood, Stillingia aquatica, is a short-lived shrub that has a single stem reaching about 1.5 m in height. It is found in wetter habitats such as cypress prairies and the edges of cypress domes.

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