Hypericum ellipticum pale St. John’s-wort Clusiaceae HYEL; Bx, pb (DeCandido 2001);

  

Hypericum ellipticum.Les Mehrhoff.www.discoverlife.org

Hypericum ellipticum.Les Mehrhoff.www.discoverlife.org (Accessed 4/2014).

Hypericum ellipticum is an aquatic perennial herb 20-50 cm, colonial from rhizomes, stems mostly unbranched below inflorescence. 

Leaves opposite, elliptic, 1-3 cm long to ca 1.5 cm wide, blunt at both ends, speckled with minute, translucent glands (hold up to light). 

Flowers bright yellow, 5-parted, petals 0.5-0.7 cm long, sepals to 0.6 cm long, stamens numerous, stigmas 3; inflorescence rather few-flowered, with a few linear bracts. 

Fruit becoming dry, styles persistent as a beak, capsule egg-shaped, to 0.6 cm. 

Wetland status: OBL. 

Frequency in NYC: Very infrequent. 

Origin: Native. 

Habitat: Wet shores, marshes.