Hexastylis arifolia

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Hexastylis arifolia
Hexastylis arifolia1.jpg

Secure (NatureServe)
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Magnoliids
Order: Piperales
Family: Aristolochiaceae
Genus: Hexastylis
Species: H. arifolia
Binomial name
Hexastylis arifolia
(Michx.) Small 1903
Synonyms[1]

Asarum arifolium Michx. 1803

Hexastylis arifolia, or the little brown jug is a perennial wildflower in the family Aristolochiaceae found in the southeastern United States, from Louisiana to Virginia, inland as far as Kentucky.[2] It is considered a threatened species in Florida.

Hexastylis arifolia
Hexastylis arifolia flower, cut to reveal the internal structures.

Hexastylis arifolia is an evergreen, perennial herb with no above-ground stems, spreading by means of underground rhizomes. Leaves are hairless, of two sorts. Small, scale-like leaves adhere to the underground rhizomes, while larger green, heart-shaped leaves emerge above ground. Flowers are formed one at a time, on the ends of the rhizomes.[3][4][5]

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