OF THE CAROLINAS & GEORGIA

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Dichanthelium scoparium   FAMILY Poaceae   NEW! Click to go to FSUS key


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Dichanthelium scoparium   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Dichanthelium scoparium

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 029-81-057:
Panicum scoparium   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Grasses of the US (Hitchcock & Chase, 1950)
Panicum scoparium

 

COMMON NAME:
Velvet Witchgrass, Velvet Panicum


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide    pnd_disc3_003_lvd

        

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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_pasc9_001_lvd

        

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JK Marlow    jkm120525_382

May    Oconee County    SC

Lower internodes densely hairy except for viscid [sticky] band below the nodes, per Weakley's Flora.

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JK Marlow    jkm200516_4891

May    Pickens County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm200516_4893

May    Pickens County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm200516_4894

May    Pickens County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm200516_4896

May    Pickens County    SC

Leaf blades rather thick, 12-20cm long, 10-18mm wide, per Manual of the Grasses of the United States.

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JK Marlow    jkm200525_5256

May    Greenville County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm200525_5258

May    Greenville County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm200525_5260

May    Greenville County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm220503_7441

May    Greenville County    SC

Bald Rock Heritage Preserve

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JK Marlow    jkm220503_7442

May    Greenville County    SC

Bald Rock Heritage Preserve

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JK Marlow    jkm060604_059

June    Pickens County    SC

Internodes, sheaths & blades densely velvety pubescent; blades to 10-20mm wide, per Weakley's Flora.

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JK Marlow    jkm120623_210

June    Greenville County    SC

Ashmore Heritage Preserve

Spikelets 2.4-2.6mm long, obovate, turgid, papillose-pubescent, per Manual of the Grasses of the United States.

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JK Marlow    jkm120705_693b

July    Greenville County    SC

Ashmore Heritage Preserve

Panicle's rachis villous, the branches spreading-ascending, villous, spotted, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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JK Marlow    jkm200703_6330

July    Greenville County    SC

Culms 5-14dm [55"] tall, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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JK Marlow    jkm200703_6331

July    Greenville County    SC

Panicle 6-16cm long, 5-10cm broad, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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JK Marlow    jkm200703_6374

July    Greenville County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm200703_6378

July    Greenville County    SC

Ligules densely ciliate, 1.5-3mm long, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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JK Marlow    jkm200703_6381

July    Greenville County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm200703_6383

July    Greenville County    SC

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Dichanthelium scoparium   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Dichanthelium scoparium   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Dichanthelium scoparium

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 029-81-057:
Panicum scoparium   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Grasses of the US (Hitchcock & Chase, 1950)
Panicum scoparium

 

Find by SCIENTIFIC NAME:

2161

Grass, Sedge, or Rush
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Habitat: Moist sandy soil of woodland openings and ditches, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate, 2-ranked, and often a basal rosette of overwintering leaves

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer/Fall

Early-season ("spring") panicles terminal; later "autumnal" panicles are lateral

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer/Fall
Grain yellowish/Purplish
Grain

 

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