Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


2438

Grass, Sedge, or Rush
Perennial

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

Rare

Look for it in peaty sites, limited in habitat throughout the region, occurring in Mountains in bogs & fens, in Piedmont (formerly) in bogs, in the fall-line sandhills in burned-out pocosins, in Coastal Plain in pocosins, acidic seeps, & peat-burn pools, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun ...Wet

LEAVES:
Simple
Basal & alternate

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Bisexual
Superior ovary

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Brown
Nutlet

 

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):
Eriophorum virginicum   FAMILY Cyperaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Eriophorum virginicum   FAMILY Cyperaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 030-09-001:
Eriophorum virginicum   FAMILY Cyperaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Tawny Cottongrass


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_ervi8_001_lvd

        

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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide    pnd_ervi8_005_lvd

        

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L.L. (Chick) Gaddy    llg_cottongrass

Month Unknown    Pocahontas County    WV

Cranberry Glades Botanical Area

This northern bog sedge can be found in WV's Cranberry Glades and Dolly Sods, per Alpine South: Plants and Plant Communities of the High Elevations of the Southern Appalachians.

image of Eriophorum virginicum

Patrick D. McMillan    pdme_virginicum

Month Unknown        

Leaf blades glabrous, 2-4mm wide, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Eriophorum virginicum

Patrick D. McMillan    pdmevirginicum_bd1

Month Unknown        

Involucral bracts usually 3, similar to leaf blades, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Eriophorum virginicum

Patrick D. McMillan    pdmevirginicum_bullpen2

Month Unknown        

Produces many long, soft, cotton-like bristles when in fruit, per Wild Flowers of NC, 2nd edition.