Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


4377

Grass, Sedge, or Rush
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Uncommon in NC, rare in GA-SC (an endemic)

Look for it in wet pine savannas, pine savanna-pocosin ecotones, longleaf pine sandhill-pocosin ecotones, and extending upslope into mesic pine flatwoods or loamy or clayey shelves in the fall-line Sandhills, per Weakley's Flora

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...Wet

LEAVES:
Simple
Basal

RHIZOMES? STOLONS?
Cespitose [growing in dense tufts, clumping]

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Panicle brownish-purplish

Inflorescence an open panicle

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Utricle

 

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (10/20/20):
Sporobolus pinetorum   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Sporobolus pinetorum   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Sporobolus pinetorum

INCLUDING (MISAPPLIED) VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 029-44-002 & 003?:
Sporobolus floridanus   FAMILY Poaceae

INCLUDING & INCLUDED WITHIN (MISAPPLIED) Vascular Flora of the Carolinas (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968)
Sporobolus teretifolius

INCLUDED WITHIN Manual of the Grasses of the US (Hitchcock & Chase, 1950)
Sporobolus floridanus

INCLUDED WITHIN Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Sporobolus floridanus

 

COMMON NAME:
Carolina Dropseed, Savanna Dropseed


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image of Sporobolus pinetorum, Carolina Dropseed, Savanna Dropseed

Bruce A. Sorrie    bas_s_pinetorum10e

October    Richmond County    NC

North Carolina Sandhills Gamelands

Panicle branches alternate (occasionally opposite but never regularly whorled), per Weakley's Flora.

image of Sporobolus pinetorum, Carolina Dropseed, Savanna Dropseed

Bruce A. Sorrie    bas_s_pinetorum9e

October    Richmond County    NC

North Carolina Sandhills Gamelands

Leaves flat, 1.2-2.5mm wide. Tussocks resemble Aristida stricta but greener, per Vascular Plants of North Carolina.