OF THE CAROLINAS & GEORGIA

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (10/20/20):
Arundinaria tecta   FAMILY Poaceae   NEW! Click to go to FSUS key


(?) SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Arundinaria tecta   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH The Biota of North America Program. BONAP (Kartesz, 2015)
Arundinaria tecta

INCLUDED WITHIN Synthesis of the North American Flora (Kartesz, 1999)
Arundinaria gigantea ssp. tecta

INCLUDED WITHIN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 029-01-001?:
Arundinaria gigantea   FAMILY Poaceae

INCLUDED WITHIN Manual of the Grasses of the US (Hitchcock & Chase, 1950)
Arundinaria tecta

INCLUDED WITHIN Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Arundinaria tecta

 

COMMON NAME:
Switch Cane, Small Cane, Mutton Grass


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image of Arundinaria tecta, Switch Cane, Small Cane, Mutton Grass

JK Marlow    jkm191222_2361_a_tecta

    Clay County    AL

Cheaha State Park

image of Arundinaria tecta, Switch Cane, Small Cane, Mutton Grass

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_arte4_001_lvd

        

image of Arundinaria tecta, Switch Cane, Small Cane, Mutton Grass

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Hitchcock, A.S. (rev. A. Chase). 1950    pnd_arte4_002_lvd

        

image of Arundinaria tecta, Switch Cane, Small Cane, Mutton Grass

JK Marlow    jkm100313_152

March    Gadsden County    FL

Angus Gholson Nature Park

Foliage blades coriaceous, persistent, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Arundinaria tecta, Switch Cane, Small Cane, Mutton Grass

JK Marlow    jkm210406_9146

April    Greenville County    SC

Blackwell Heritage Preserve

Our native canes typically flower/fruit only sporadically...

image of Arundinaria tecta, Switch Cane, Small Cane, Mutton Grass

JK Marlow    jkm210406_9149

April    Greenville County    SC

Blackwell Heritage Preserve

...and plants usually die following reproduction, per Vascular Plants of North Carolina.

image of Arundinaria tecta, Switch Cane, Small Cane, Mutton Grass

JK Marlow    jkm210406_9150

April    Greenville County    SC

Blackwell Heritage Preserve

image of Arundinaria tecta, Switch Cane, Small Cane, Mutton Grass

JK Marlow    jkm210408_9420

April    Greenville County    SC

Blackwell Heritage Preserve

image of Arundinaria tecta, Switch Cane, Small Cane, Mutton Grass

Keith Bradley    kab_a_tecta_4910

April    Richland County    SC

Congaree National Park

Flowers more frequently than A. gigantea, supposedly every 3-4 years, per Weakley's Flora (2012).

image of Arundinaria tecta, Switch Cane, Small Cane, Mutton Grass

JK Marlow    jkm210603_0901

June    Greenville County    SC

Blackwell Heritage Preserve

image of Arundinaria tecta, Switch Cane, Small Cane, Mutton Grass

Ron Lance    rwl130_a

September        

Topknot blades 20-30cm long, per Weakley's Flora.

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (10/20/20):
Arundinaria tecta   FAMILY Poaceae

(?) SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Arundinaria tecta   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH The Biota of North America Program. BONAP (Kartesz, 2015)
Arundinaria tecta

INCLUDED WITHIN Synthesis of the North American Flora (Kartesz, 1999)
Arundinaria gigantea ssp. tecta

INCLUDED WITHIN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 029-01-001?:
Arundinaria gigantea   FAMILY Poaceae

INCLUDED WITHIN Manual of the Grasses of the US (Hitchcock & Chase, 1950)
Arundinaria tecta

INCLUDED WITHIN Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Arundinaria tecta

 

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130

Grass, Sedge, or Rush; Shrub
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Common, primarily endemic to the Southeastern Coastal Plain

Habitat: pine savannas, pocosins, canebrakes, blackwater swamps, Piedmont seeps, generally (but not solely) in wetlands, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Evergreen
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer
Grain Brown
Grain

 

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