Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


2280

Grass, Sedge, or Rush
Perennial

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

Common in Coastal Plain & NC Piedmont, rare in Mtns, uncommon elsewhere

Look for it in dry habitats, esp in dry sandy soils, per Weakley's Flora

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...Dry

LEAVES:
Simple
Mostly low alternate, 2-ranked

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Panicle greenish
Inflorescence a panicle

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Grain olive
Grain

 

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Aristida purpurascens   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Aristida purpurascens var. purpurascens   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 029-38-010:
Aristida purpurascens   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Grasses of the US (Hitchcock & Chase, 1950)
Aristida purpurascens

 

COMMON NAME:
Arrowfeather, Arrowfeather Three-awn


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image of Aristida purpurascens

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_arpu8_001_lvd

        

image of Aristida purpurascens

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Hitchcock, A.S. (rev. A. Chase). 1950    pnd_arpu8_002_lvd

        

image of Aristida purpurascens

JK Marlow    jkm0510f_22

October    Oconee County    SC

Field

image of Aristida purpurascens

JK Marlow    jkm121027_778

October    Pickens County    SC

Glassy Mountain Heritage Preserve

Leaves 15-30cm long and 1-2mm wide, curling with age and forming ringlets, per Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses.

image of Aristida purpurascens

JK Marlow    s081026_b

October    Oconee County    SC

Awns divergent, 10-25mm long, central awn ascending, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Aristida purpurascens

JK Marlow    jkm0411e_25

November    York County    SC

Blackjacks Heritage Preserve

Spikelets with 3 straight to spreading awns, 12-25mm long, per Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses.