OF THE CAROLINAS & GEORGIA

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Dichanthelium caerulescens   FAMILY Poaceae   NEW! Click to go to FSUS key


INCLUDED WITHIN PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Dichanthelium dichotomum var. dichotomum   FAMILY Poaceae

INCLUDED WITHIN Flora of North America
Dichanthelium dichotomum ssp. roanokense

INCLUDED WITHIN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 029-81-045?:
Panicum dichotomum   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Grasses of the US (Hitchcock & Chase, 1950)
Panicum caerulescens

 

COMMON NAME:
Blue Witchgrass


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image of Dichanthelium caerulescens, Blue Witchgrass

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Hitchcock, A.S. (rev. A. Chase). 1950    pnd_paca20_001_lhd

        

image of Dichanthelium caerulescens, Blue Witchgrass

Bruce A. Sorrie    bas_dich_caerulescens7

May    Dare County    NC

Vernal panicle 3-7cm long; spikelets obovoid, turgid, glabrous, per Manual of the Grasses of the United States.

image of Dichanthelium caerulescens, Blue Witchgrass

Bruce A. Sorrie    bas_dich_caerulescens1

June    Dare County    NC

Mature vernal panicles usually short-exserted with ascending branches, per Weakley's Flora (2015).

image of Dichanthelium caerulescens, Blue Witchgrass

Bruce A. Sorrie    bas_dich_caerulescens5

September    Dare County    NC

Autumnal phase w short densely fascicled branches at middle & upper nodes, per Manual of the Grasses of the United States.

 

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

INCLUDED WITHIN PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Dichanthelium dichotomum var. dichotomum   FAMILY Poaceae

INCLUDED WITHIN Flora of North America
Dichanthelium dichotomum ssp. roanokense

INCLUDED WITHIN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 029-81-045?:
Panicum dichotomum   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Grasses of the US (Hitchcock & Chase, 1950)
Panicum caerulescens

 

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3905

Grass, Sedge, or Rush
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas

Documented growing wild in - NC SC

Uncommon in NC, rare in SC

Habitat: marshes, swamps, wet pinelands, maritime grasslands, damp 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/Fall
Grain

 

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