Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


2032

Grass, Sedge, or Rush
Perennial

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

Common in Coastal Plain & Carolina Piedmont (uncommon elsewhere)

Look for it in woodlands and forests, river-scour areas, including oak-hickory forests and woodlands over mafic rocks, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Simple
Mostly low alternate, 2-ranked

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Spikelets chestnut-brown
Inflorescence a panicle of racemes

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Grain reddish
Grain

 

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Sorghastrum elliottii   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Sorghastrum elliottii   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 029-89-003:
Sorghastrum elliottii   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Grasses of the US (Hitchcock & Chase, 1950)
Sorghastrum elliottii

 

COMMON NAME:
Elliot's Indiangrass, Slender Indiangrass, Nodding Indiangrass


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_soel3_001_lvd

        

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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Hitchcock, A.S. (rev. A. Chase). 1950    pnd_soel3_002_lvd

        

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JK Marlow    jkm0510d_05

October    Pickens County    SC

Spikelets 6-7mm long, the awns 25-35mm long, per Manual of the Grasses of the United States.


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image of Sorghastrum elliottii

JK Marlow    jkm0510d_17b

October    Pickens County    SC

image of Sorghastrum elliottii

JK Marlow    s071020_k

October    Pickens County    SC

Glassy Mountain Heritage Preserve

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JK Marlow    s071020_k2

October    Pickens County    SC

Glassy Mountain Heritage Preserve

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JK Marlow    jkm111113_444

November    Chester County    SC

Sumter National Forest: Tyger Ranger District

Panicle loose, nodding at apex, the filiform branchlets flexuous, per Manual of the Grasses of the United States.

image of Sorghastrum elliottii

JK Marlow    jkm111113_446

November    Chester County    SC

Sumter National Forest: Tyger Ranger District

Culms more slender than S. nutans, without rhizomes, blades narrower, per Manual of the Grasses of the United States.

image of Sorghastrum elliottii

JK Marlow    jkm111113_449

November    Chester County    SC

Sumter National Forest: Tyger Ranger District

image of Sorghastrum elliottii

JK Marlow    jkm111113_460

November    Chester County    SC

Sumter National Forest: Tyger Ranger District

image of Sorghastrum elliottii

JK Marlow    jkm111113_467

November    Chester County    SC

Sumter National Forest: Tyger Ranger District

image of Sorghastrum elliottii

Bill Stringer    wcssorgastelliot_headb

November    Pickens County    SC