Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1569

Grass, Sedge, or Rush
Perennial

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

Common

Look for it - it's abundant on unforested primary & secondary dunes on barrier islands, and on dry to mesic sand flats & interdune swales, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun ...Moist ...Dry

LEAVES:
Simple
Basal & alternate, 2-ranked

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Spikelets yellowish
Inflorescence a panicle

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Grain

 

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Uniola paniculata   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Uniola paniculata   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 029-10-004:
Uniola paniculata   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Grasses of the US (Hitchcock & Chase, 1950)
Uniola paniculata

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Uniola paniculata

 

COMMON NAME:
Sea Oats


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JK Marlow    jkm0502e_37b

February    Georgetown County    SC

Huntington Beach State Park

Spikelets conspicuously flattened, with 8-20 florets, per Wildflowers of the Eastern United States.

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Patrick D. McMillan    pdmupaniculata_naples3

June    Collier County    FL

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JK Marlow    jkm090716_004

July    Georgetown County    SC

Huntington Beach State Park

Flowers arranged in a showy drooping panicle w numerous flattened spikelets, per Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers.

image of Uniola paniculata

JK Marlow    jkm090716_005

July    Georgetown County    SC

Huntington Beach State Park

image of Uniola paniculata

JK Marlow    jkm090716_009

July    Georgetown County    SC

Huntington Beach State Park

Coarse, rhizomatous perennial; culms 1-2m tall, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Uniola paniculata

JK Marlow    jkm090716_011

July    Georgetown County    SC

Huntington Beach State Park

Leaves basal and cauline. Leaf blades long attenuate, to 60cm long, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Uniola paniculata

JK Marlow    jkm090716_016

July    Georgetown County    SC

Huntington Beach State Park

Nodes and internodes glabrous, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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JK Marlow    jkm090716_017

July    Georgetown County    SC

Huntington Beach State Park

Leaf surfaces & margins glabrous, sheaths glabrous, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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JK Marlow    jkm090716_019

July    Georgetown County    SC

Huntington Beach State Park

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JK Marlow    jkm0309p_12

September    Horry County    SC

Myrtle Beach State Park

The most important sand-binding grass on ocean dunes from NC south, per Weakley's Flora.

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JK Marlow    jkm0309p_14

September    Horry County    SC

Myrtle Beach State Park

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JK Marlow    jkm0111b_13a

November    Horry County    SC

Myrtle Beach State Park