OF THE CAROLINAS & GEORGIA

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA OF THE SOUTHEASTERN US (10/20/20):
Spartina alterniflora   FAMILY Poaceae   Go to FSUS key


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Spartina alterniflora   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Grasses of Florida (Hall, 2019)
Sporobolus alterniflorus

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 029-58-003:
Spartina alterniflora   FAMILY Poaceae

INCLUDING Manual of the Grasses of the US (Hitchcock & Chase, 1950)
Spartina alterniflora +

INCLUDING Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Spartina alterniflora +

 

COMMON NAME:
Saltmarsh Cordgrass, Smooth Cordgrass


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image of Spartina alterniflora, Saltmarsh Cordgrass, Smooth Cordgrass

JK Marlow    jkm090517_032

May    Georgetown County    SC

image of Spartina alterniflora, Saltmarsh Cordgrass, Smooth Cordgrass

JK Marlow    jkm160915_113

September    Beaufort County    SC

Spring Island

image of Spartina alterniflora, Saltmarsh Cordgrass, Smooth Cordgrass

JK Marlow    jkm160915_139

September    Beaufort County    SC

image of Spartina alterniflora, Saltmarsh Cordgrass, Smooth Cordgrass

JK Marlow    jkm160915_145

September    Beaufort County    SC

Leaves cauline; sheaths overlapping; blades usually < 12mm wide, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Spartina alterniflora, Saltmarsh Cordgrass, Smooth Cordgrass

Keith Bradley    kab_s_alterniflora_0130

December    Charleston County    SC

Dominant plant (often almost a monoculture) of intratidal salt marshes here, per Weakley's Flora (2020).

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA OF THE SOUTHEASTERN US (10/20/20):
Spartina alterniflora   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Spartina alterniflora   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Grasses of Florida (Hall, 2019)
Sporobolus alterniflorus

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 029-58-003:
Spartina alterniflora   FAMILY Poaceae

INCLUDING Manual of the Grasses of the US (Hitchcock & Chase, 1950)
Spartina alterniflora +

INCLUDING Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Spartina alterniflora +

 

Find by SCIENTIFIC NAME:

1447

Grass, Sedge, or Rush
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Common

Habitat: Salt marshes, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate, 2-ranked

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall

Inflorescence an array of spikes

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Grain

 

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