Dwarf St. Johnswort (Hypericum mutilum)
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Wild Flowers of Sleepy Hollow Lake
Dwarf St. Johnswort (Hypericum mutilum)

(Dwarf St. Johnswort - 01)  Dwarf St. Johnswort, a native plant of North America, is commonly found in the eastern half of the continental United States and a few western states.  It's usual habitat is in moist soils and along stream banks.  Dwarf St. Johnswort usually grows to heights of between 1 and 3 feet, though this one, growing in a planter box, was was only about 8 inches tall.

 

 

 

(Dwarf St. Johnswort - 02)  The flowers of the dwarf St. Johnswort are less than 1/4 inch across, and bloom from July to September.

 

 

 

 

(Dwarf St. Johnswort - 02a)  This is a closer look at a cluster of dwarf St. Johnswort flower buds that are beginning to open.  Dwarf St. Johnswort is a member of the Mangosteen family (Clusiaceae).

 

 

 

(Dwarf St. Johnswort - 03)  This is a closer look at one of the dwarf St. Johnswort flowers that measure less than 1/4 inch in diameter.

 

 

 

 

(Dwarf St. Johnswort - 03a)  And this is a bee's eye view of the dwarf St. Johnswort flower, with it's five petals, one pistil, and many stamens.

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Dwarf St. Johnswort - 04)  This is a partial side view of a dwarf St. Johnswort flower.

 

 

 

 

(Dwarf St. Johnswort - 04a)  This is a close up side view of a dwarf St. Johnswort flower.

 

 

 

 

 

(Dwarf St. Johnswort - 05)  The ovate sessile leaves of the dwarf St. Johnswort grow opposite one another, and the flower clusters grow from the leaf axil.  The small size of the flowers is the reason that this species of St. Johnswort is called "dwarf", which is also a characteristic of Canadian St. Johnswort, but that species has long skinny leaves.

 

 

(Dwarf St. Johnswort - 06)  In this photo of a dwarf St. Johnswort, we can see that fruit is beginning to form.

 

 

 

 

(Dwarf St. Johnswort - 06a)  In this photo, we have a closer look at the fruit of the dwarf St. Johnswort.

 

 

 

 

 

(Dwarf St. Johnswort - 07)  This is another view of the dwarf St. Johnswort flowers and fruit.

 

 

 

 

(Dwarf St. Johnswort - 07a)  In this close up look at a mature fertilized dwarf St. Johnswort flower, we can see the swelling overy and the curled back petals.

 

 

 

 

 

(Dwarf St. Johnswort - 07b)  As the ovary of the dwarf St. Johnswort continue to swell, the petals, pistil, and stamens fall off, and only the maturing fruit remains nestled between the five sepals.

 

 

 

 

(Dwarf St. Johnswort - 08)  The in another look at a dwarf St. Johnswort which shows the way the flower clusters grow froth from the leaf axils.  The flowers of the dwarf St. Johnswort can vary in color from yellow to a yellow-orange.

 

 

 

(Dwarf St. Johnswort - 09)  This is another view of a dwarf St. Johnswort.

 

 

 

 

 

(Dwarf St. Johnswort - 09a)  This is a close up view of a dwarf St. Johnswort flower cluster with one fully opened flower and several buds in various stages of development.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Dwarf St. Johnswort - 10)  In this side view of a dwarf St. Johnswort, we can see the way the plant produces both branches and flower clusters from the leaf axils.

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Dwarf St. Johnswort - 11)  This is another side view of a portion of a dwarf St. Johnswort.

 

 

 

 

(Dwarf St. Johnswort - 11a)  In this photo, we have a closer look at a dwarf St. Johnswort leaf and the way this wild flower develops branched from the leaf axils.  Note the way the main stem continues past the leaf axil and surrounding it are four new branches, each with flower clusters (see previous photo).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Dwarf St. Johnswort - 12)  This is another photo of a dwarf St. Johnswort.

 

 

 

 

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