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WEAKLEY'S FLORA (4/24/22):
Dichanthelium acuminatum var. acuminatum   FAMILY Poaceae   NEW! Click to go to FSUS key


INCLUDING & INCLUDED WITHIN PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Dichanthelium acuminatum var. acuminatum   FAMILY Poaceae

INCLUDED WITHIN Flora of North America
Dichanthelium acuminatum ssp. acuminatum

INCLUDING & INCLUDED WITHIN Synthesis of the North American Flora (Kartesz, 1999)
Dichanthelium acuminatum var. implicatum

INCLUDED WITHIN Synthesis of the North American Flora (Kartesz, 1999)
Dichanthelium acuminatum var. thurowii

INCLUDED WITHIN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 029-81-039:
Panicum lanuginosum   FAMILY Poaceae

INCLUDING Manual of the Grasses of the US (Hitchcock & Chase, 1950)
Panicum auburne

INCLUDING Manual of the Grasses of the US (Hitchcock & Chase, 1950)
Panicum lanuginosum

INCLUDED WITHIN Manual of the Grasses of the US (Hitchcock & Chase, 1950)
Panicum thurowii

INCLUDING Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Panicum auburne

INCLUDING Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Panicum lanuginosum

INCLUDED WITHIN Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Panicum thurowii

 

COMMON NAME:
Woolly Witchgrass, Woolly Rosette Grass, Tapered Rosette Grass


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image of Dichanthelium acuminatum var. acuminatum, Woolly Witchgrass, Woolly Rosette Grass, Tapered Rosette Grass

JK Marlow    jkm0402f_25

February    Greenville County    SC

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image of Dichanthelium acuminatum var. acuminatum, Woolly Witchgrass, Woolly Rosette Grass, Tapered Rosette Grass

JK Marlow    jkm200625_6055

June    Transylvania County    NC

DuPont State Forest

image of Dichanthelium acuminatum var. acuminatum, Woolly Witchgrass, Woolly Rosette Grass, Tapered Rosette Grass

JK Marlow    jkm200625_6213

June    Transylvania County    NC

DuPont State Forest

Similar pubescence & habit as D. scoparium, but much smaller & more slender, per Manual of the Grasses of the United States.

image of Dichanthelium acuminatum var. acuminatum, Woolly Witchgrass, Woolly Rosette Grass, Tapered Rosette Grass

JK Marlow    jkm200627_6270

June    Transylvania County    NC

DuPont State Forest

Ligules ciliate, 2-4mm long, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Dichanthelium acuminatum var. acuminatum, Woolly Witchgrass, Woolly Rosette Grass, Tapered Rosette Grass

JK Marlow    jkm200627_6272

June    Transylvania County    NC

DuPont State Forest

A dense, tangled, or matted mixture of slender hairs 2-4mm long, per Weakley's Flora (2020).

image of Dichanthelium acuminatum var. acuminatum, Woolly Witchgrass, Woolly Rosette Grass, Tapered Rosette Grass

JK Marlow    jkm0407a_25

July    Greenville County    SC

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Vernal phase grayish-olive-green, velvety-villous throughout, per Manual of the Grasses of the United States.

image of Dichanthelium acuminatum var. acuminatum, Woolly Witchgrass, Woolly Rosette Grass, Tapered Rosette Grass

JK Marlow    jkm0407a_28

July    Greenville County    SC

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Culms 40-70cm tall, lax, often with glabrous ring below villous nodes, per Manual of the Grasses of the United States.

image of Dichanthelium acuminatum var. acuminatum, Woolly Witchgrass, Woolly Rosette Grass, Tapered Rosette Grass

JK Marlow    jkm0407a_30

July    Greenville County    SC

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Internodes & sheaths gray-villous with usually non-papillate hairs, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Dichanthelium acuminatum var. acuminatum, Woolly Witchgrass, Woolly Rosette Grass, Tapered Rosette Grass

JK Marlow    jkm0407a_32

July    Greenville County    SC

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image of Dichanthelium acuminatum var. acuminatum, Woolly Witchgrass, Woolly Rosette Grass, Tapered Rosette Grass

JK Marlow    jkm190702_9584

July    Greenville County    SC

Culms ascending, usually with a glabrous ring below the villous nodes, per The Grasses of North Carolina (Blomquist, 1948).

image of Dichanthelium acuminatum var. acuminatum, Woolly Witchgrass, Woolly Rosette Grass, Tapered Rosette Grass

JK Marlow    s040703_a

July    Greenville County    SC

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JK Marlow    s040703_a2

July    Greenville County    SC

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Panicle 2-10cm long, branches scaberulous. Spikelets 1.4-2.2mm long, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Dichanthelium acuminatum var. acuminatum, Woolly Witchgrass, Woolly Rosette Grass, Tapered Rosette Grass

JK Marlow    s040703_c

July    Greenville County    SC

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Blades thickish but not stiff, somewhat incurved when fresh, per Manual of the Grasses of the United States.

image of Dichanthelium acuminatum var. acuminatum, Woolly Witchgrass, Woolly Rosette Grass, Tapered Rosette Grass

JK Marlow    jkm0312a_32

December    Greenville County    SC

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Autumn phase branchlets ultimately forming flabellate fascicles, per Manual of the Grasses of the United States.

image of Dichanthelium acuminatum var. acuminatum, Woolly Witchgrass, Woolly Rosette Grass, Tapered Rosette Grass

JK Marlow    jkm0312a_33

December    Greenville County    SC

Utility right-of-way

Autumn phase freely, repeatedly, branching from middle nodes, per Manual of the Grasses of the United States.

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (4/24/22):
Dichanthelium acuminatum var. acuminatum   FAMILY Poaceae

INCLUDING & INCLUDED WITHIN PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Dichanthelium acuminatum var. acuminatum   FAMILY Poaceae

INCLUDED WITHIN Flora of North America
Dichanthelium acuminatum ssp. acuminatum

INCLUDING & INCLUDED WITHIN Synthesis of the North American Flora (Kartesz, 1999)
Dichanthelium acuminatum var. implicatum

INCLUDED WITHIN Synthesis of the North American Flora (Kartesz, 1999)
Dichanthelium acuminatum var. thurowii

INCLUDED WITHIN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 029-81-039:
Panicum lanuginosum   FAMILY Poaceae

INCLUDING Manual of the Grasses of the US (Hitchcock & Chase, 1950)
Panicum auburne

INCLUDING Manual of the Grasses of the US (Hitchcock & Chase, 1950)
Panicum lanuginosum

INCLUDED WITHIN Manual of the Grasses of the US (Hitchcock & Chase, 1950)
Panicum thurowii

INCLUDING Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Panicum auburne

INCLUDING Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Panicum lanuginosum

INCLUDED WITHIN Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Panicum thurowii

 

Find by SCIENTIFIC NAME:

1020

Grass, Sedge, or Rush
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Common (uncommon in GA) (rare in Mountains & in NC Piedmont)

Habitat: Dryish sandy or clayey soils of open woods and disturbed areas, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate, 2-ranked, and often a basal rosette of overwintering leaves

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer/Fall

Early-season ("spring") panicles terminal; later "autumnal" panicles are lateral

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer/Fall
Grain yellowish/Purplish
Grain

 

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