Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


460

Grass, Sedge, or Rush
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common

Look for it in shaded mesic to dry woodlands, per Weakley's Flora

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shade ...Moist ...Dry

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

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

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer/Fall
Grain yellowish/Purplish
Grain

 

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Dichanthelium boscii   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Dichanthelium boscii   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 029-81-062:
Panicum boscii   FAMILY Poaceae

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

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

 

COMMON NAME:
Bosc's Witchgrass, Bosc's Panicgrass


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image of Dichanthelium boscii, Bosc's Witchgrass, Bosc's Panicgrass

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_pabo5_001_lvd

        

image of Dichanthelium boscii, Bosc's Witchgrass, Bosc's Panicgrass

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Hitchcock, A.S. (rev. A. Chase). 1950    pnd_pabo5_002_lhd

        

image of Dichanthelium boscii, Bosc's Witchgrass, Bosc's Panicgrass

JK Marlow    jkm100514_085

May    Greenville County    SC

Ashmore Heritage Preserve

image of Dichanthelium boscii, Bosc's Witchgrass, Bosc's Panicgrass

JK Marlow    jkm100514_085b

May    Greenville County    SC

Ashmore Heritage Preserve

Spikelets 3.7-4.2mm long; rachis and spreading-ascending branches villous, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Dichanthelium boscii, Bosc's Witchgrass, Bosc's Panicgrass

JK Marlow    jkm100514_085c

May    Greenville County    SC

Ashmore Heritage Preserve

image of Dichanthelium boscii, Bosc's Witchgrass, Bosc's Panicgrass

JK Marlow    jkm180506_478

May    Crawford County    GA

Culms 40-70cm tall, per Manual of the Grasses of the United States.

image of Dichanthelium boscii, Bosc's Witchgrass, Bosc's Panicgrass

JK Marlow    jkm200505_4614

May    Spartanburg County    SC

Spikelets relatively large.

image of Dichanthelium boscii, Bosc's Witchgrass, Bosc's Panicgrass

JK Marlow    jkm200505_4616

May    Spartanburg County    SC

The nodes of the stems are bearded with soft hairs, per How to Know the Grasses by R.W. Pohl.

image of Dichanthelium boscii, Bosc's Witchgrass, Bosc's Panicgrass

JK Marlow    jkm200531_5436

May    Greenville County    SC

Var. molle difers in its velvety blades and downy-villous culms and sheaths, per Manual of the Grasses of the United States.

image of Dichanthelium boscii, Bosc's Witchgrass, Bosc's Panicgrass

JK Marlow    jkm200531_5467

May    Greenville County    SC

The downy variety (molle) is similar in appearance to D. raveneli, however ...

image of Dichanthelium boscii, Bosc's Witchgrass, Bosc's Panicgrass

JK Marlow    jkm200531_5470

May    Greenville County    SC

... Bosc's leaf blades are wider (over 1") than Ravenel's (¾" or less), per www.illinoiswildflowers.info.

image of Dichanthelium boscii, Bosc's Witchgrass, Bosc's Panicgrass

JK Marlow    jkm200531_5522

May    Greenville County    SC

Bosc's Witchgrass has broad and relatively short leaves, per Vascular Plants of North Carolina.

image of Dichanthelium boscii, Bosc's Witchgrass, Bosc's Panicgrass

JK Marlow    jkm200531_5544

May    Greenville County    SC

image of Dichanthelium boscii, Bosc's Witchgrass, Bosc's Panicgrass

JK Marlow    jkm200531_5552

May    Greenville County    SC

image of Dichanthelium boscii, Bosc's Witchgrass, Bosc's Panicgrass

JK Marlow    jkm200531_5560

May    Greenville County    SC

image of Dichanthelium boscii, Bosc's Witchgrass, Bosc's Panicgrass

JK Marlow    jkm200531_5564

May    Greenville County    SC

image of Dichanthelium boscii, Bosc's Witchgrass, Bosc's Panicgrass

JK Marlow    jkm100611_018

June    Stanly County    NC

Morrow Mountain State Park

Blades glabrous, puberulent or pilose on both surfaces, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Dichanthelium boscii, Bosc's Witchgrass, Bosc's Panicgrass

JK Marlow    jkm200611_5818

June    Greenville County    SC

image of Dichanthelium boscii, Bosc's Witchgrass, Bosc's Panicgrass

JK Marlow    jkm200611_5820

June    Greenville County    SC

image of Dichanthelium boscii, Bosc's Witchgrass, Bosc's Panicgrass

JK Marlow    s050604_l2

June    Greenville County    SC

Blade margins scaberulose, bases cordate, long-ciliate, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Dichanthelium boscii, Bosc's Witchgrass, Bosc's Panicgrass

JK Marlow    s050604_l3

June    Greenville County    SC

Panicle 6-12cm long, spikelets 4-4.5mm long, about half as wide, per Manual of the Grasses of the United States.