Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


4359

Grass, Sedge, or Rush
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common in NC, uncommon in GA, rare in SC

Look for it in open or cut-over woods, thickets, fields, meadows, and shores, frequently on disturbed soils, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun

LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate, 2-ranked, and often a basal rosette of overwintering leaves

FLOWER:
Early-season ("spring") panicles terminal; later "autumnal" panicles are lateral

FRUIT:
Grain yellowish/Purplish
Grain

 

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (2/8/20):
Dichanthelium acuminatum var. fasciculatum   FAMILY Poaceae

INCLUDING & INCLUDED WITHIN PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Dichanthelium acuminatum var. acuminatum   FAMILY Poaceae

INCLUDING & INCLUDED WITHIN Synthesis of the North American Flora (Kartesz, 1999)
Dichanthelium acuminatum var. implicatum

INCLUDED WITHIN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 029-81-039?:
Panicum lanuginosum   FAMILY Poaceae

INCLUDING Manual of the Grasses of the US (Hitchcock & Chase, 1950)
Panicum huachucae var. fasciculatum

INCLUDING Manual of the Grasses of the US (Hitchcock & Chase, 1950)
Panicum huachucae var. huachucae

INCLUDING Manual of the Grasses of the US (Hitchcock & Chase, 1950)
Panicum implicatum

INCLUDING Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Panicum huachucae var. huachucae

INCLUDING Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Panicum huachucae var. silvicola

INCLUDING Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Panicum tennesseense

 

COMMON NAME:
Slender-stemmed Witchgrass, Western Woolly Witchgrass


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image of Dichanthelium acuminatum var. fasciculatum, Slender-stemmed Witchgrass, Western Woolly Witchgrass

JK Marlow    jkm200530_5418

May    Greenville County    SC

image of Dichanthelium acuminatum var. fasciculatum, Slender-stemmed Witchgrass, Western Woolly Witchgrass

JK Marlow    jkm200530_5423

May    Greenville County    SC

In Dichanthelium's vernal stage, the panicle terminates the culm, per Weakley's Flora (2020).

image of Dichanthelium acuminatum var. fasciculatum, Slender-stemmed Witchgrass, Western Woolly Witchgrass

JK Marlow    jkm200530_5425

May    Greenville County    SC

image of Dichanthelium acuminatum var. fasciculatum, Slender-stemmed Witchgrass, Western Woolly Witchgrass

JK Marlow    jkm200530_5426

May    Greenville County    SC

image of Dichanthelium acuminatum var. fasciculatum, Slender-stemmed Witchgrass, Western Woolly Witchgrass

JK Marlow    jkm200703_6298

July    Greenville County    SC

Leaf bades 5-12cm long, 6-12mm wide, per Weakley's Flora (2020).

image of Dichanthelium acuminatum var. fasciculatum, Slender-stemmed Witchgrass, Western Woolly Witchgrass

JK Marlow    jkm200703_6301

July    Greenville County    SC

Vernal phase light olivaceous, often purplish, per Manual of the Grasses of the United States.

image of Dichanthelium acuminatum var. fasciculatum, Slender-stemmed Witchgrass, Western Woolly Witchgrass

JK Marlow    jkm200703_6304

July    Greenville County    SC

In Dichanthelium's intermediate stage, panicles terminate primary branches, per Weakley's Flora (2020).

image of Dichanthelium acuminatum var. fasciculatum, Slender-stemmed Witchgrass, Western Woolly Witchgrass

JK Marlow    jkm200703_6309

July    Greenville County    SC

image of Dichanthelium acuminatum var. fasciculatum, Slender-stemmed Witchgrass, Western Woolly Witchgrass

JK Marlow    jkm200703_6356

July    Greenville County    SC

image of Dichanthelium acuminatum var. fasciculatum, Slender-stemmed Witchgrass, Western Woolly Witchgrass

JK Marlow    jkm200703_6359

July    Greenville County    SC

Hairs on lower stems and sheaths straight and +- stiff (ie, pilose), per Vascular Plants of North Carolina.

image of Dichanthelium acuminatum var. fasciculatum, Slender-stemmed Witchgrass, Western Woolly Witchgrass

JK Marlow    jkm200703_6362

July    Greenville County    SC

... [there is] wide variation in vegetative characters, per The Grasses of North Carolina (Blomquist, 1948).

image of Dichanthelium acuminatum var. fasciculatum, Slender-stemmed Witchgrass, Western Woolly Witchgrass

JK Marlow    jkm200703_6364

July    Greenville County    SC

image of Dichanthelium acuminatum var. fasciculatum, Slender-stemmed Witchgrass, Western Woolly Witchgrass

JK Marlow    jkm200703_6367

July    Greenville County    SC

Spikelets 1.5-2.0mm long, per Weakley's Flora (2020).