Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Grass, Sedge, or Rush
Perennial

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

Common (uncommon in Mountains)

Look for it in dry woodlands, esp common in sandy soils in the Coastal Plain, dry oak, oak-pine, & pine forests in Piedmont & low Mountains, and on dry acidic cliffs and rock outcrops, roadsides and woodland margins, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade ...Dry

LEAVES:
Simple
Basal & low alternate, 2-ranked

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Inflorescence a panicle

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer
Grain reddish
Grain

 

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Danthonia sericea   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Danthonia sericea   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 029-32-001a:
Danthonia sericea var. sericea   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Grasses of the US (Hitchcock & Chase, 1950)
Danthonia sericea

LESS THAN Flora of North America
Danthonia sericea

 

COMMON NAME:
Silky Oatgrass, Downy Oatgrass


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_dase2_001_lvd

        

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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Hitchcock, A.S. (rev. A. Chase). 1950    pnd_dase2_002_lhd

        

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JK Marlow    jkm0401d_35

January    Greenville County    SC

Roadside

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JK Marlow    jkm0405u_27

May    Greenville County    SC

Roadside

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JK Marlow    jkm0405u_37

May    Greenville County    SC

Roadside

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JK Marlow    jkm0405y_05

May    Pickens County    SC

Roadside

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JK Marlow    jkm0405zb_01

May    Greenville County    SC

Chandler Heritage Preserve

Leaves with silky hairs towards the base. — Patrick McMillan

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JK Marlow    jkm0405zb_03

May    Greenville County    SC

Chandler Heritage Preserve

Leaves 5-20cm long, 2-4mm wide, lower surface & sheath w long white hairs, per Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses.


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Keith Bradley    kab_d_sericea_7223

May    Lexington County    SC

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JK Marlow    s040524_a

May    Greenville County    SC

Roadside

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JK Marlow    jkm0306g_22

June    Greenville County    SC

Roadside

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JK Marlow    jkm0406e_34

June    Greenville County    SC

Field

After flowering, seed stalks and seed heads turn light tan to whitish, per Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses.

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JK Marlow    jkm0406f_10

June    Greenville County    SC

Field

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JK Marlow    jkm0506a_12

June    Greenville County    SC

Field

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JK Marlow    s080606_g

June    Greenville County    SC

V-shaped husks remain on the stalk after grain release, per Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses.

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JK Marlow    s080606_g2

June    Greenville County    SC

Lemma awn more than 10mm long, lemma body villous, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.