Wild Oats (Uvularia sessilifolia)

Wild Oats or Sessile-Leaf Bellwort (Uvularia sessilifolia), Natural Bridge Park, USA

Wild Oats or Sessile-Leaf Bellwort (Uvularia sessilifolia)

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Wild Oats (Uvularia sessilifolia)

Wild Oats or Sessile-Leaf Bellwort (Uvularia sessilifolia) is a member of the Liliaceae or Lily family.  The plant also goes by many other lesser used names: Spreading Bellwort, Straw Lily, Merrybells and Sessile Bellwort. It is a smooth erect perennial from 4- to 12-inches tall with a forked stem.  The leaves are few, alternate, sessile (attached directly by its base without a stalk) and elliptic, from 1.6- to 2.8-inches in length.  One or two solitary flowers hang from the upper leaf axis.  The 6 tepals (sepals and petals of similar form and color) are overlapping, pale yellow and smooth, from 0.5- to 1-inch in length.  It flowers from March through May.

It is found in It can be found in deciduous and mixed evergreen deciduous forests or open woods throughout eastern and central North America.  It prefers moist, rich, acidic soils with high humus content and good drainage but can be adaptable to other soil types. The plant grows from slender elongated rhizomes and spreads by underground runners that takes root at points along its length to form new plants. The plant usually does not form large clumps.

Wild Oats or Sessile-Leaf Bellwort (Uvularia sessilifolia) Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee

Wild Oats or Sessile-Leaf Bellwort (Uvularia sessilifolia)

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Wild Oats (Uvularia sessilifolia)
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Wild Oats (Uvularia sessilifolia)
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Wild Oats or Sessile-Leaf Bellwort (Uvularia sessilifolia) is a member of the Liliaceae or Lily family. It flowers from March through May.
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Mark Summerfield
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5 Comments

  1. Lovely images Mark. I love the DoF on these. Well done.

  2. Andrew Marston
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    Very delicate! Way to spot this graceful beauty!

  3. Beautiful Mark. I love the second image. Excellent DoF.

  4. I knew this was Uvularia Sessilifolia as soon as I saw it… NOT! LOL
    Had no idea what I was seeing, other than a very nicely captured image. Love the DoF and soft color on these. Nice work, Mark.

  5. I just love how the subjects pick up the subtle colors from the out of focus background.

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