Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1955

Grass, Sedge, or Rush
Perennial

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

Common, endemic to the Southeastern Coastal Plain

Look for it in wet savannas, pocosin-savanna ecotones, seepage bogs, sandhill-pocosin ecotones, sandhill seeps, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Simple
Basal & low alternate, 2-ranked

FLOWER:
Summer
Spikelets tan to light brown
Inflorescence a spike

FRUIT:
Summer
Grain red
Grain

 

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Ctenium aromaticum   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Ctenium aromaticum   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 029-51-001:
Ctenium aromaticum   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Campulosus aromaticus

 

COMMON NAME:
Toothache Grass, Orange Grass


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_caar31_001_lvd

        

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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Hitchcock, A.S. (rev. A. Chase). 1950    pnd_ctar_002_lvd

        

picture of Ctenium aromaticum, image of Ctenium aromaticum

JK Marlow    jkm060423_074

April    Berkeley County    SC

Francis Marion National Forest

A recurved 1-sided spike bearing spikelets in 2 rows, with conspicuous awns, per Atlantic Coastal Plain Wildflowers.

picture of Ctenium aromaticum, image of Ctenium aromaticum

JK Marlow    jkm060423_116

April        SC

Francis Marion National Forest

picture of Ctenium aromaticum, image of Ctenium aromaticum

JK Marlow    jkm0505r_14

May    Williamsburg County    SC

Numbs the mouth, tongue & lips when chewed, per Weakley's Flora.

picture of Ctenium aromaticum, image of Ctenium aromaticum

JK Marlow    jkm0505r_14b

May    Williamsburg County    SC

Lvs rather broad, bicolored, bluish on upper surface, bright green on lower, per Weakley's Flora.

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Keith Bradley    kab_c_aromaticum_79748

September    Highlands County    FL

Kissimmee Prairie State Park