Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


2661

Grass, Sedge, or Rush
Perennial

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

Uncommon in NC Mountains & Piedmont, rare elsewhere

Look for it in dry to moist thin woods and open ground, usually in sandy soil, per Weakley's Flora

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

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Early-season ("spring") panicles terminal; later "autumnal" panicles are lateral

FRUIT:
Summer
Grain yellowidh/Purplish
Grain

 

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

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

LESS THAN PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Dichanthelium sabulorum var. thinium   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 029-81-042:
Panicum columbianum   FAMILY Poaceae

GREATER THAN Manual of the Grasses of the US (Hitchcock & Chase, 1950)
Panicum columbianum var. columbianum

GREATER THAN Manual of the Grasses of the US (Hitchcock & Chase, 1950)
Panicum tsugetorum

 

COMMON NAME:
American Witchgrass


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image of Dichanthelium columbianum

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_paco29_001_lvd

        

image of Dichanthelium columbianum

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Hitchcock, A.S. (rev. A. Chase). 1950    pnd_paco29_002_lvd