Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


4207

Grass, Sedge, or Rush
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Uncommon

Look for it in wet to dry sandy pinelands, per Weakley's Flora

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...Wet ...Dry

LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate, 2-ranked (plants lacking a rosette of overwintering basal leaves)

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Spikelets reddish-purple becoming tan-colored
Inflorescence a panicle

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Grain grayish
Grain

 

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Panicum virgatum var. cubense   FAMILY Poaceae

LESS THAN PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Panicum virgatum var virgatum   FAMILY Poaceae

LESS THAN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 029-81-006?:
Panicum virgatum   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Grasses of the US (Hitchcock & Chase, 1950)
Panicum virgatum var. cubense

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Panicum virgatum var. cubense

 

COMMON NAME:
Savanna Panic-grass, Coastal Plain Switchgrass, Blunt Panic Grass


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image of Panicum virgatum var. cubense, Savanna Panic-grass, Coastal Plain Switchgrass, Blunt Panic Grass

Keith Bradley    kab_p_virgatum_cube_77088

June    Miami-Dade County    FL

Everglades National Park

Panicle narrower than that of var. virgatum, with ascending branches, per Manual of the Grasses of the United States.

image of Panicum virgatum var. cubense, Savanna Panic-grass, Coastal Plain Switchgrass, Blunt Panic Grass

Bruce A. Sorrie    bas_p_virgatum_cubense1

July    Scotland County    NC

Stems 0.5-1.5m tall, much shorter than var. virgatum (which can reach 3m), per Wildflowers of the Sandhills Region.

image of Panicum virgatum var. cubense, Savanna Panic-grass, Coastal Plain Switchgrass, Blunt Panic Grass

Bruce A. Sorrie    bas_p_virgatum_cubense2

July    Scotland County    NC

image of Panicum virgatum var. cubense, Savanna Panic-grass, Coastal Plain Switchgrass, Blunt Panic Grass

Bruce A. Sorrie    bas_p_virgatum_cubense2b

July    Scotland County    NC

Spikelets are purplish, becoming tan-colored, 2.8-3.2mm long with acute tip, per Wildflowers of the Sandhills Region.