Photo by Gary Reese
Small forb (30 cm) of sandy marsh borders and moist prairies; leaves narrowly elliptic and mostly in whorls of 4; flowers purple to green, borne in dense clusters on top of the stem.
Status and Rank
- State Status: SC
- State Rank: S3
- Global Rank: G5
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Cross-leaved milkwort is found in areas with a fluctuating water table such as coastal plain marshes, sandy lake edges, dune swales, seepages, sandy marshes, sandy and peaty edges of wetlands and intermittent wetlands.
Natural Community Types
Bluejoint grass, cordgrass, rush, sedges, twig-rush, shrubby cinquefoil, swamp milkweed, big bluestem, Indian grass, Sullivant's milkweed, purple milkweed, swamp thistle, marsh blazing star, whorled loosestrife, grass-of-Parnassus, smooth hedge nettle, swamp rose, Missouri ironweed, joe-pye weed, common bone set, and spike-rush.
To maintain this species, protect habitat and maintain hydrology and natural disturbance regimes. This species most likely requires open conditions. Prevent woody plant encroachment by using prescribed fire or manual brush removal. Much of this habitat has been lost and degraded via conversion to agriculture, development, alterations of ground water hydrology and fire suppression.
General Survey Guidelines
Random meander search covers areas that appear likely to have rare taxa, based on habitat and the judgment of the investigator.
- Meander search
Survey Period: From first week of August to fourth week of September
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