Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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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)

Look for it in 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; 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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...Wet ...Variable ...Dry

LEAVES:
Simple
Mostly basal

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Panicle brownish
Inflorescence a panicle

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Grain yellow
Grain

 

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

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

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Aristida stricta   FAMILY Poaceae

LESS THAN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 029-38-005:
Aristida stricta   FAMILY Poaceae

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

LESS THAN Manual of the Grasses of the US (Hitchcock & Chase, 1950)
Aristida stricta

 

COMMON NAME:
Carolina Wiregrass, Pineland Three-awn


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picture of Aristida stricta, image of Aristida stricta

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

        

picture of Aristida stricta, image of Aristida stricta

Tim Spira    tps_astricta

July        

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

picture of Aristida stricta, image of Aristida stricta

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.

picture of Aristida stricta, image of Aristida stricta

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.

picture of Aristida stricta, image of Aristida stricta

JK Marlow    jkm161001_864

September    Chesterfield County    SC

Carolina Sandhills National Wildlife Refuge