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 SC Coastal Plain, rare in GA Coastal Plain)

Look for it in dry woodlands, rock outcrops, shale barrens, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Simple
Basal & low alternate, 2-ranked

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Inflorescence a panicle

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer
Grain

 

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

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

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Danthonia spicata   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 029-32-003:
Danthonia spicata   FAMILY Poaceae

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

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Danthonia spicata

 

COMMON NAME:
Poverty Oatgrass, Moonshine Grass


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_dasp2_001_lvd

        

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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Hitchcock, A.S. (rev. A. Chase). 1950    pnd_dasp2_002_lvd

        

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JK Marlow    jkm0401e_34

January    Greenville County    SC

Roadside

Leaves often curling, smooth and hairless to only sparsely hairy, per Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses.

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JK Marlow    jkm0403q_37

March    Greenville County    SC

Roadside

Blades usually not more than 12cm long, filiform, to 2mm wide, per Manual of the Grasses of the United States.

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JK Marlow    jkm090523_013

May    Pickens County    SC

Glassy Mountain Heritage Preserve

Sheaths glabrous or nearly so, per Manual of the Grasses of the United States.

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JK Marlow    s050611_c

June    Rutherford County    NC

Chimney Rock Park

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JK Marlow    s050611_c2

June    Rutherford County    NC

Chimney Rock Park

Panicle 2-5cm long, the stiff short branches bearing a single spikelet, per Manual of the Grasses of the United States.

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JK Marlow    jkm071028_113

October    Edgefield County    SC

Sumter National Forest: Edgefield Ranger District

Blades usually curled or flexuous, per Manual of the Grasses of the United States.


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