Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Grass, Sedge, or Rush; Shrub
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common, primarily endemic to the Southeastern Coastal Plain

Look for it in savannas, pocosins, canebrakes, generally (but not solely) in wetlands, per Weakley's Flora

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shade ...Wet ...Moist

LEAVES:
Evergreen
Simple
Alternate

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer
Grain Brown
Grain

 

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Arundinaria tecta   FAMILY Poaceae

(?) PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Arundinaria tecta   FAMILY Poaceae

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

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

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

 

COMMON NAME:
Switch Cane, Small Cane


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image of Arundinaria tecta, Switch Cane, Small Cane

JK Marlow    jkm191222_2361_a_tecta

    Clay County    AL

Cheaha State Park

image of Arundinaria tecta, Switch Cane, Small Cane

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

        

image of Arundinaria tecta, Switch Cane, Small Cane

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

        

image of Arundinaria tecta, Switch Cane, Small Cane

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

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.

image of Arundinaria tecta, Switch Cane, Small Cane

Ron Lance    rwl130_a

September        

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