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This is a frequent emersed plant of spring-run and adjacent lake margins in the central and north peninsula, plus in Wakulla and Jefferson Counties and is also found in Baldwin County, Alabama.
Spring-run spiderlily has deciduous leaves, an ovary that is about 5/8 to 1-1/8 inch long and around a half inch wide and a staminal cup that is 2-1/3 inch wide or larger.
The staminal cup (corona) is a membrane that connects the filaments and differentiates the genus Hymenocallis from the Crinum (Swamplilies) which lack this membrane.
The 3 to 9 leaves of Hymenocallis rotata arch upward or are nearly erect, coriaceous, strongly channeled and deep green with an acute apex. The strap-like leaves are 16 to 39 inches long and usually 3/4 - 2 inch wide, sometimes slightly wider. The glaucous 2-edged scape is 14-28 inches tall. Two to four flowers open at nearly the same time with a green perianth tube usually 3-1/2 - 4-3/4 in. long, occasionally shorter. The white tepals are 3-1/2 - 5-3/4 in. long, 3/10 - 6/10 in. wide and extend nearly horizontally from the base of the corona, with a green stripe along the keel and at the base and apex. The corona (staminal cup) is white with a small yellowish-green proximal eye with two to three prominent lacerate projections along the margin between the filaments. Anthers are about a 1/2 to 3/4 inch long. Flowering time is late spring through early summer.
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