12. Hypericum fasciculatum Lamarck in J. Lamarck et al., Encycl. 4: 160. 1797.
Hypericum fasciculatum var. aspalathoides Torrey & A. Gray; H. fulgidum Rafinesque; H. galioides Lamarck var. fasciculatum (Lamarck) Svenson
Shrubs, erect, much-branched distally, bushy, not treelike, usually forming mounds, to 15(–30) dm, <bark thick, smooth, thin-corky and spongy, exfoliating in thin, papery sheets or plates>. Stems: internodes 6-lined at first, soon 2-winged, then terete, <not glaucous>. Leaf blades linear-subulate, 8–20 × 0.7–1 mm, <not glaucous>, base articulated, parallel, margins revolute, apex sometimes slightly broadened, midrib unbranched. Inflorescences <rounded-pyramidal to corymbiform, sometimes intercalary as result of resumed vegetative growth>, (3–)7–32-flowered, sometimes with single flowers or 3–5-flowered dichasia from to 3 proximal nodes. Flowers 13–16 mm diam.; sepals deciduous, not enclosing capsule, 5, linear-subulate, unequal, (3–)4.5–8(–10) × 0.5 mm, <not glaucous>; petals 5, bright yellow, obovate-spatulate, 6–9 mm; stamens deciduous, 70–100; ovary 3-merous; <styles 2.5–4 mm>. Capsules ± narrowly ovoid-conic to ovoid-ellipsoid, 5.5 × 2.5–3 mm. Seeds not carinate, 0.4 mm; testa finely foveolate-reticulate. 2n = 18.
Flowering spring–fall (Apr–Nov). Ponds and lake margins, marshes, ditches, coastal plain; 0–500 m; Ala., Fla., Ga., La., Miss., N.C., S.C.
The thick, often spongy, bark, relatively long axillary leaf clusters, paired leaf grooves flanking the midrib abaxially, broader inflorescence, and broader capsules distinguish Hypericum fasciculatum (and H. chapmanii) from H. nitidum and its relatives.
Hypericum aspalathoides Willdenow is an illegitimate name for H. fasciculatum.