Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


3104

Grass, Sedge, or Rush
Perennial

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

Uncommon

Look for it in maritime dry grasslands, maritime wet grasslands, interdune swales, low dunes, sometimes edges of freshwater or brackish marshes, apparently limited to the barrier islands (sometimes in close proximity to M. capillaris), sometimes locally abundant, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Simple
Mostly basal

FLOWER:
Fall
Spikelets usually purplish

FRUIT:
Fall
Grain purplish
Grain

 

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Muhlenbergia sericea   FAMILY Poaceae

(?) SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Muhlenbergia filipes   FAMILY Poaceae

LESS THAN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 029-45-002?:
Muhlenbergia capillaris   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Synthesis of the North American Flora (Kartesz, 1999)
Muhlenbergia capillaris var. filipes

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Grasses of the US (Hitchcock & Chase, 1950)
Muhlenbergia capillaris var. filipes

 

COMMON NAME:
Dune Hairgrass, Sweetgrass