Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Common Goldstargrass (Hypoxis hirsuta)
- Family: Lily (Liliaceae)
- Flowering: April-June.
- Field Marks: This species is readily distinguished by its hairy, grass-like leaves and its bright yellow, 6-parted flowers.
- Habitat: Wet meadows, but usually in drier habitats.
- Habit: Perennial herb with an underground corm.
- Stems: Absent except for the flowering stalk, hairy, up to 8 inches tall.
- Leaves: Tufted at the base of the plant, linear, pointed at the tip, tapering to the base, without teeth, hairy, up to 1/3 inch broad.
- Flowers: 3 or more on a leafless stalk, bright yellow, up to 1 1/4 inches across.
- Sepals and Petals: 6, united only at base, not distinguishable into sepals and petals, bright yellow, up to 1/3 inch long.
- Stamens: 6, shorter than the sepals and petals.
- Pistils: 1; ovary inferior.
- Fruits: Capsules narrowly ellipsoid, hairy, dark brown to black, 1/4-1/3 inch long; seeds numerous, black, shiny, covered with minute warts, 1/10 inch long.
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