Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


3176

Grass, Sedge, or Rush
Perennial

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

Common (rare in Mountains)

Look for it in prairies, glades, barrens, dry pinelands and woodlands, dry fields, per Weakley's Flora

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...Dry

LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate, 2-ranked

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Bisexual
Inflorescence composed of racemosely arranged spikes

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Grain reddish
Grain

 

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 (5/21/15):
Gymnopogon ambiguus   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Gymnopogon ambiguus   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 029-57-002:
Gymnopogon ambiguus   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Gymnopogon ambiguus

 

COMMON NAME:
Eastern Skeletongrass, Eastern Beardgrass, Bearded Skeletongrass


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image of Gymnopogon ambiguus

JK Marlow    jkm151017_490

October    Columbia County    GA

Leaves cordate-clasping & stiff-textured [whereas few Dichanthelium are both], per Weakley's Flora.

image of Gymnopogon ambiguus

JK Marlow    jkm151017_494

October    Columbia County    GA

Leaves numerous, approximate with overlapping sheaths, blades spreading, per Manual of the Grasses of the United States.

image of Gymnopogon ambiguus

JK Marlow    jkm151017_502

October    Columbia County    GA

Long slender divergent or reflexed spikes set close on a slender stiff axis, per Manual of the Grasses of the United States.

image of Gymnopogon ambiguus

JK Marlow    jkm151017_503

October    Columbia County    GA

Spikes 10-20cm long, per Manual of the Grasses of the United States.

image of Gymnopogon ambiguus

JK Marlow    jkm101106_073

November    Abbeville County    SC