Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


1963

Grass, Sedge, or Rush
Annual

Non-native: South America
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common (rare in Mountains, uncommon in GA Piedmont)

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

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Invasive?

This plant may be causing problems in natural areas outside its native range, according to authorities such as:

Kentucky Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2013

 

LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate, 2-ranked

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Inflorescence a panicle

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer
Grain reddish
Grain

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Bromus catharticus var. catharticus   FAMILY Poaceae

(?) PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Bromus catharticus   FAMILY Poaceae

(?) VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 029-14-007:
Bromus catharticus   FAMILY Poaceae

(?) Manual of the Grasses of the US (Hitchcock & Chase, 1950)
Bromus catharticus

 

COMMON NAME:
Rescue Grass


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image of Bromus catharticus var. catharticus

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Hitchcock, A.S. (rev. A. Chase). 1950    pnd_brca6_001_lhd

        

image of Bromus catharticus var. catharticus

Patrick D. McMillan    pdmbcatharticus_moultrie

May    Berkeley County    SC

Lake Moultrie

Lemmas compressed & strongly keeled (entire spikelet thus laterally flattened), per Weakley's Flora.

image of Bromus catharticus var. catharticus

JK Marlow    jkm140625_320

June    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

Panicle open, as much as 20cm long, branches naked at base, per Manual of the Grasses of the United States.

image of Bromus catharticus var. catharticus

JK Marlow    s050604_n

June    Greenville County    SC

Panicle 10-40cm long, 5-15cm broad, branches spreading or ascending, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Bromus catharticus var. catharticus

Joseph M. DiTomaso, University of California - Davis, Bugwood.org    bug_5387149

Month Unknown        

image of Bromus catharticus var. catharticus

Joseph M. DiTomaso, University of California - Davis, Bugwood.org     bug_5387152

Month Unknown        

Lf sheath pubescent; blade 30-40cm x 4-6mm, scattered pubescent; ligule ~2mm, per Flora of China.

image of Bromus catharticus var. catharticus

Barry Rice, sarracenia.com, Bugwood.org    bug_5391575

Month Unknown        

Spikelets light green, compressed, 4-9 flowered, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Bromus catharticus var. catharticus

D. Walters and C. Southwick, Table Grape Weed Disseminule ID, USDA APHIS ITP, B    bug_5461345

Month Unknown        

image of Bromus catharticus var. catharticus

D. Walters and C. Southwick, Table Grape Weed Disseminule ID, USDA APHIS ITP, B    bug_5461346

Month Unknown