Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1936

Grass, Sedge, or Rush
Perennial

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

Common

Look for it in forests and woodlands, including coastal fringe and maritime forests, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate, 2-ranked

FLOWER:
Spring
Inflorescence a panicle

FRUIT:
Spring
Grain lustrous yellow to olive
Grain

 

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Melica mutica   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Melica mutica   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 029-16-001:
Melica mutica   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Grasses of the US (Hitchcock & Chase, 1950)
Melica mutica

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Melica mutica

 

COMMON NAME:
Melic Grass, Two-flower Melic


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Keith Bradley    kab_melica_mutica_3356

March    Lancaster County    SC

Forty Acre Rock Heritage Preserve

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JK Marlow    jkm0504r_34b

April    Pickens County    SC

Table Rock State Park

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Patrick D. McMillan    pdmmmutica_echp

April        

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Patrick D. McMillan    pdmmmutica_echpb

April        

Each spikelet ordinarily contains 2 fertile florets, hence the common name, per Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers.

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JK Marlow    s050424_f

April    Pickens County    SC

Table Rock State Park

Panicle 10-20cm long, nearly simple, with 1-few short, spreading branches, per Manual of the Grasses of the United States.

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JK Marlow    jkm0505e_37

May    Oconee County    SC

Has a particular affinity to areas where limestone is very near the surface, per Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers.

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Bill Stringer    wcsmelic_shoots

June        

Sheaths scabrous or somewhat pubescent; blades flat, 2-5mm wide, per Manual of the Grasses of the United States.

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Bill Stringer    wcsmelica_mutica

June        

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Bill Stringer    wcsmelica_muticab

June        

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Bill Stringer    wcsmelicamutica_close

June        

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Bill Stringer    wcsmelicamutica_closeb

June        

Spikelets broad, pale, 7-10mm long, the florets spreading, pendulous, per Manual of the Grasses of the United States.