Hypericum punctatum-Spotted St. John’s Wort

Hypericum punctatum (Spotted St. John’s Wort) on 7-29-19, #608-15.

Spotted St. John’s Wort

Hypericum punctatum

hy-PER-ee-kum  punk-TAH-tum

Synonyms of Hypericum punctatumHypericum corymbosum Muhl. ex Willd., Hypericum maculatum Walter, Hypericum maculatum var. corymbosum Kuntze, Hypericum maculatum var. heterophyllum Kuntze, Hypericum maculatum var. subcordifolium Kuntze, Hypericum micranthum Choisy, Hypericum punctatum f. subpetiolatum (E.P.Bicknell) Fernald, Hypericum subpetiolatum (E.P.Bicknell) Small

Hypericum punctatum Lam. is the correct and accepted scientific name for the Spotted St. John’s Wort. It was named and described as such by Jean-Baptiste Pierre Antoine de Monet de Lamarck in Encyclopedie Methodique in 1797.

The genus, Hypericum Tourn. ex L., was described by Carl Linnaeus in the second edition of the first volume of Species Plantarum in 1753. It was first named by Joseph Pitton de Tournefort.

Plants of the World Online lists 504 accepted species in the Hypericum genus. They are members of the Hypericaceae Family with 6 accepted genera. Those numbers could change periodically as updates are made.

Distribution map of Hypericum punctatum from Plants of the World Online. Facilitated by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the Internet; http://www.plantsoftheworldonline.org/. Retrieved on March 28, 2020.

The above distribution map for Hypericum punctatum is from Plants of the World Online. Areas in green are where the plant is native. The map on the USDA Plants Database for North America is the same.

There are several links at the bottom of the page for further reading and better plant ID.

Hypericum punctatum (Spotted St. John’s Wort) on 7-29-19, #608-16.

You just never know what you will find when you are looking for species of wildflowers to identify. I have been living back on the family farm since 2013 after a 26-year absence. I started getting more involved with wildflower ID a few years ago and I am constantly finding new species I hadn’t observed before. One of those species is the Hypericum punctatum (Spotted St. John’s Wort). I found it growing along the edge of where hay was baled in the southeast pasture where cows had not been grazing for a couple of years.

 

Hypericum punctatum (Spotted St. John’s Wort) on 7-29-19, #608-17.

I observed over 100 wildflower species on the farm and other areas in 2019 and am trying to get all their pages added. I am kind of behind but it is a work in progress. I will add descriptions later, but for now please refer to the links at the bottom of the page for further reading and accurate plant ID.

 

Hypericum punctatum (Spotted St. John’s Wort) on 7-29-19, #608-18.

 

 

Hypericum punctatum (Spotted St. John’s Wort) on 7-29-19, #608-19.

 

 

Hypericum punctatum (Spotted St. John’s Wort) on 7-29-19, #608-20.

 

 

Hypericum punctatum (Spotted St. John’s Wort) on 7-29-19, #608-21.

 

 

Hypericum punctatum (Spotted St. John’s Wort) on 7-29-19, #608-22.

 

 

I have enjoyed photographing and learning about the many wildflowers growing on the farm and other areas. My farm is in Windsor, Missouri in Pettis County (Henry County is across the street and Benton and Johnson aren’t far away). I have grown over 500 different plants and most have pages listed on the right side of the blog. I am not an expert, botanist, or horticulturalist. I just like growing, photographing and writing about my experience. I rely on several websites for ID and a horticulturalist I contact if I cannot figure them out. Wildflowers can be somewhat variable from location to location, so sometimes it gets a bit confusing. If you see I have made an error, please let me know so I can correct what I have written.

I hope you found this page useful and be sure to check the links below for more information. They were written by experts and provide much more information. Some sites may not be up-to-date but they are always a work in progress. If you can, I would appreciate it if you would click on the “Like” below and leave a comment. It helps us bloggers stay motivated. You can also send an email to me at thebelmontrooster@yahoo.com. I would enjoy hearing from you especially if you notice something is a bit whacky.

FOR FURTHER READING:
PLANTS OF THE WORLD ONLINE (GENUS/SPECIES)
WORLD FLORA ONLINE (GENUS/SPECIES)
WIKIPEDIA (GENUS/SPECIES)
*MISSOURI PLANTS*
*iNATURALIST*
*WILDFLOWERSEARCH.ORG*
DAVE’S GARDEN
USDA PLANTS DATABASE
*ILLINOIS WILDFLOWERS*
MINNESOTA WILDFLOWERS
GO BOTANY
LADY BIRD JOHNSON WILDFLOWER CENTER
FLORA FINDER
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