Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


4085

Grass, Sedge, or Rush
Perennial

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

Common in Coastal Plain (endemic to the Southeastern Coastal Plain)

Look for it in open sandy areas, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun

LEAVES:
Simple
Basal & alternate, 2-ranked

RHIZOMES? STOLONS?
Cespitose [growing in dense tufts, clumping]

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Spikelets usually purple
Inflorescence a narrow panicle or raceme

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Grain olive-green
Grain

 

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Triplasis americana   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Triplasis americana   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 029-09-001:
Triplasis americana   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Grasses of the US (Hitchcock & Chase, 1950)
Triplasis americana

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Triplasis americana

 

COMMON NAME:
Southern Sandgrass


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image of Triplasis americana

Keith Bradley    kab_t_americana_70133

October    Marion County    FL

Silver River State Park

Spikelets usually purplish. Lemmas deeply cleft, awn more than 5mm long, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Triplasis americana

Keith Bradley    kab_t_americana_7979

October        SC