OF THE CAROLINAS & GEORGIA

Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Monocots: Commelinids: Poales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Aristida stricta   FAMILY Poaceae   NEW! Click to go to FSUS key


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Aristida stricta   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH New Combinations in the Florida Flora (DB Ward, 2001)
Aristida stricta var. stricta

INCLUDED WITHIN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 029-38-005:
Aristida stricta   FAMILY Poaceae

INCLUDED WITHIN Manual of the Grasses of the US (Hitchcock & Chase, 1950)
Aristida stricta

 

COMMON NAME:
Carolina Wiregrass, Pineland Three-awn


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image of Aristida stricta, Carolina Wiregrass, Pineland Three-awn

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Hitchcock, A.S. (rev. A. Chase). 1950    pnd_arst5_002_lvd

        

image of Aristida stricta, Carolina Wiregrass, Pineland Three-awn

Tim Spira    tps_astricta

July        

Leaves semievergreen, very narrow, folded longways so they're wiry, upright, per Gardening with Native Plants of the South.

image of Aristida stricta, Carolina Wiregrass, Pineland Three-awn

JK Marlow    jkm161001_790

September    Chesterfield County    SC

Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge

Plant forming dense tussocks; leaves primarily basal & usually very numerous, per Weakley's Flora (2015).

image of Aristida stricta, Carolina Wiregrass, Pineland Three-awn

JK Marlow    jkm161001_793

September    Chesterfield County    SC

Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge

Awns divergent, the central 1-1.5cm long, the lateral a little shorter, per Manual of the Grasses of the United States.

image of Aristida stricta, Carolina Wiregrass, Pineland Three-awn

JK Marlow    jkm161001_864

September    Chesterfield County    SC

Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Aristida stricta   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Aristida stricta   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH New Combinations in the Florida Flora (DB Ward, 2001)
Aristida stricta var. stricta

INCLUDED WITHIN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 029-38-005:
Aristida stricta   FAMILY Poaceae

INCLUDED WITHIN Manual of the Grasses of the US (Hitchcock & Chase, 1950)
Aristida stricta

 

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Grass, Sedge, or Rush
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas

Documented growing wild in - NC SC

Locally common in parts of Sandhills & Coastal Plain, rare elsewhere (endemic)

Habitat: Coastal Plain pinelands of nearly all sorts, ranging from the driest white-sand sandhills to seasonally saturated pine savannas dominated by a mixture of longleaf pine and pond pine, largely or entirely replaced in the wettest savannas by Sporobolus teretifolius, S. pinetorum, Calmovilfa brevipilis, Muhlenbergia expansa, and Ctenium aromaticum; also in Piedmont areas adjacent to the Coastal Plain and formerly supporting fire-maintained longleaf pine woodlands, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Simple
Mostly basal

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Panicle brownish

Inflorescence a panicle

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Grain yellow
Grain

 

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