Wild Florida Photo - Burmannia biflora

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Burmannia biflora

BLUETHREAD

NORTHERN BLUETHREAD

Florida native

 

This unusual looking flower or bud was tiny on a short stem growing out of the pine needles on the ground in a low wet pine flatwoods. There appear to be three flower parts, violet wings, yellow petals or tips and three stamens. The flower is 5mm (0.2 in.) tall. A single stem, growing to about 65mm (2-1/2 in.) tall. with 1-5 flowers and buds at the top, maturing from the top down. The minute leaves are alternate, entire, lanceolate, 3mm long and ascending and clasping the stem. This was seen in November in the Longleaf Pine Preserve in Volusia County, Florida.

 
Burmannia biflora is a member of the Burmanniaceae - Burmannia family.