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

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

Bruce A. Sorrie    bas_p_virgatum_cubense2

July    Scotland County    NC

image of Panicum virgatum var. cubense

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.