Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1881

Grass, Sedge, or Rush
Annual

Non-native: Europe
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common

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

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full sun

LEAVES:
Simple
Low alternate, 2-ranked

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer
Grain ivory
Grain

 

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Aira elegans   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Aira elegans   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 029-35-002:
Aira elegans   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of Vascular Plants of NE US & Adjacent Canada (Gleason & Cronquist,1991)
Aira elegantissima

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Aira caryophyllea var. capillaris

 

COMMON NAME:
Elegant Hairgrass


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picture of Aira elegans, image of Aira elegans

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Hitchcock, A.S. (rev. A. Chase). 1950    pnd_aiel4_001_lvd

        

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Keith Bradley    kab_aira_elegans_0207

April    Lexington County    SC

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JK Marlow    s050507_a

May    Greenville County    SC

Field

Leaves low cauline; blades angled, subterete, to 5cm long, scaberulous, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

picture of Aira elegans, image of Aira elegans

JK Marlow    jkm080606_004

June    Greenville County    SC

picture of Aira elegans, image of Aira elegans

JK Marlow    s080606_d

June    Greenville County    SC

Panicle open, the branches elongate, diffusely spreading or ascending, per Weakley's Flora.