OF THE CAROLINAS & GEORGIA

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (4/24/22):
Sporobolus indicus   FAMILY Poaceae   NEW! Click to go to FSUS key


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Sporobolus indicus var. indicus   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Sporobolus indicus

INCLUDING VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 029-44-005:
Sporobolus poiretii   FAMILY Poaceae

INCLUDING Manual of the Grasses of the US (Hitchcock & Chase, 1950)
Sporobolus indicus

INCLUDING Manual of the Grasses of the US (Hitchcock & Chase, 1950)
Sporobolus poiretii

INCLUDING Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Sporobolus berteroanus

INCLUDING Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Sporobolus indicus

 

COMMON NAME:
Smut-grass, Blackseed


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image of Sporobolus indicus, Smut-grass, Blackseed

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Hitchcock, A.S. (rev. A. Chase). 1950    pnd_sppo2_001_lvd

        

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Glen Peterson    gkp_7902_grass

August    Spartanburg County    SC

Leaves primarily basal, plant cespitose [tufted in clumps], per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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Glen Peterson    gkp_7917_flowers

August    Spartanburg County    SC

Sporobolus is one of many genera with one floret per spikelet, per Wildflowers of the Eastern United States.

image of Sporobolus indicus, Smut-grass, Blackseed

Glen Peterson    gkp_7920_leaf

August    Spartanburg County    SC

image of Sporobolus indicus, Smut-grass, Blackseed

Glen Peterson    gkp_7959_ligule

August    Spartanburg County    SC

Ligules less than 0.1mm long, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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Glen Peterson    gkp_7968_15mm

August    Spartanburg County    SC

Healthy panicles are greenish when mature, turning light tan upon drying, per Wildflowers of the Eastern United States.

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Glen Peterson    gkp_7987_7mm

August    Spartanburg County    SC

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JK Marlow    jkm081101_030

November    Greenwood County    SC

Roadside

Panicle usually spikelike but more or less interrupted, per Manual of the Grasses of the United States.


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WEAKLEY'S FLORA (4/24/22):
Sporobolus indicus   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Sporobolus indicus var. indicus   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Sporobolus indicus

INCLUDING VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 029-44-005:
Sporobolus poiretii   FAMILY Poaceae

INCLUDING Manual of the Grasses of the US (Hitchcock & Chase, 1950)
Sporobolus indicus

INCLUDING Manual of the Grasses of the US (Hitchcock & Chase, 1950)
Sporobolus poiretii

INCLUDING Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Sporobolus berteroanus

INCLUDING Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Sporobolus indicus

 

Find by SCIENTIFIC NAME:

2753

Grass, Sedge, or Rush
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia?

Common (its original distribution obscured by its weedy capabilities)

Habitat: Low prairies and swales, roadsides, lawns, disturbed situations, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Simple
Basal & low alternate, not 2-ranked

FLOWER:
Winter/Spring/Summer/Fall
Panicle dark green

Inflorescence a panicle, usually spikelike

FRUIT:
Winter/Spring/Summer/Fall
Grain reddish
Utricle

 

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