Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


2067

Grass, Sedge, or Rush
Perennial

Native to North Carolina & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC -

Rare

Look for it in barrens, glades, and prairies over mafic, ultramafic, and calcareous rocks (olivine, serpentine, limestone), per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Simple
Basal & low alternate, 2-ranked

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Panicle dark green, spikelets dark
Inflorescence a panicle

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Spikelets dark
Utricle

 

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Sporobolus heterolepis   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Sporobolus heterolepis   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 029-44-004:
Sporobolus heterolepis   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Grasses of the US (Hitchcock & Chase, 1950)
Sporobolus heterolepis

 

COMMON NAME:
Prairie Dropseed


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image of Sporobolus heterolepis

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_sphe_001_lvd

        

image of Sporobolus heterolepis

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Hitchcock, A.S. (rev. A. Chase). 1950    pnd_sphe_002_lvd

        

image of Sporobolus heterolepis

JK Marlow    jkm060429_142

April    Clay County    NC

Nantahala National Forest: Tusquitee Ranger District

image of Sporobolus heterolepis

JK Marlow    jkm060429_152

April    Clay County    NC

Nantahala National Forest: Tusquitee Ranger District

Its primary distribution is in the Plains, per Weakley's Flora.

image of Sporobolus heterolepis

JK Marlow    jkm081110_050

November    Buncombe County    NC

NC Arboretum

image of Sporobolus heterolepis

JK Marlow    jkm081110_056

November    Buncombe County    NC

NC Arboretum

image of Sporobolus heterolepis

JK Marlow    jkm081110_059

November    Buncombe County    NC

NC Arboretum

image of Sporobolus heterolepis

JK Marlow    jkm081110_061

November    Buncombe County    NC

NC Arboretum

Panicle open, branches ascending and primarily alternate, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.


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image of Sporobolus heterolepis

JK Marlow    jkm081110_073b

November    Buncombe County    NC

NC Arboretum

Grain spherical, per Weakley's Flora.