Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1532

Grass, Sedge, or Rush
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common

Look for it on roadsides, in disturbed areas, glades, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun ...Moist ...Variable ...Dry

LEAVES:
Simple
Basal & alternate, 2-ranked

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Spikelets usually purple or purplish
Inflorescence an open panicle

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Grain whitish-yellow
Grain

 

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Tridens flavus   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Tridens flavus var. flavus   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 029-08-004a:
Tridens flavus var. flavus   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Britton & Brown Illus Flora of Northeast US & adjacent Canada (Gleason, 1952)
Triodia flava

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Grasses of the US (Hitchcock & Chase, 1950)
Tridens flavus

 

COMMON NAME:
Purpletop, Purpletop Tridens, Greasy Grass, Tall Redtop


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JK Marlow    jkm0408g_24

August    Greenville County    SC

Just opening up.

image of Tridens flavus

JK Marlow    jkm060826_066

August    Greenville County    SC

Bunched Arrowhead Heritage Preserve

Spikelets usually red or purple at maturity w 4-8 flowers in a herringbone, per Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses.

image of Tridens flavus

Gill Newberry    gn09_t_flavus_habitat

September        

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Gill Newberry    gn09_tridens_flavus

September        

Panicle branches ascending or spreading becoming drooping at the ends, per Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses.

image of Tridens flavus

JK Marlow    jkm0210f_14a

October    Oconee County    SC

Branchlets droop & are covered with an oily or greaselike substance, per 100 Native Forage Grasses in 11 Southern States.

image of Tridens flavus

JK Marlow    jkm061008_005

October    Anderson County    SC

Field

image of Tridens flavus

JK Marlow    jkm061028_018

October    Pickens County    SC

Grain whitish-yellow, ellipsoid, released wihin smooth husks, per Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses.

image of Tridens flavus

JK Marlow    s021026_c1

October    Greenville County    SC

Open panicle 8-14" long, spreading, pyramidal shaped, usually purple, per 100 Native Forage Grasses in 11 Southern States.

image of Tridens flavus

JK Marlow    jkm0311g_08

November    Chester County    SC

Sumter National Forest: Tyger Ranger District