4-24, Xyridaceae, yellow-eyed grass family
Keywords:Magnoliophyte, yellow-eyed grass family, monocots, Xyris, yellow-eyed-grass
The family includes nearly 300 species in four genera. Only Xyris is found in Nova Scotia. Low-growing plants with simple stems, these herbs may reach 50cm in height. The grasslike leaves are basal and erect. The single inflorescence is borne on a scape. The flowers are terminal on a scaly receptacle. Each has three petals appearing at intervals between the scales of the spike. Photographs by Martin Thomas, Sean Blaney,and David Mazerolle.