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 to rare, depending on variety

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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 commutatum +   FAMILY Poaceae

LESS THAN PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Dichanthelium commutatum   FAMILY Poaceae

LESS THAN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 029-81-059:
Panicum commutatum   FAMILY Poaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Variable Witchgrass


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide    pnd_dico2_001_lvd

        

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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_paas3_001_lvd

        

Panicum ashei = D. commutatum var. ashei

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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Hitchcock, A.S. (rev. A. Chase). 1950    pnd_paas3_002_lhd

        

Panicum ashei = D. commutatum var. ashei

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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_paco21_001_lvd

        

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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Hitchcock, A.S. (rev. A. Chase). 1950    pnd_paco21_002_lhd

        

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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Hitchcock, A.S. (rev. A. Chase). 1950    pnd_paeq2_001_lhd

        

Panicum equilaterale < D. commutatum var. commutatum

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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_pamu10_001_lvd

        

Panicum mutabile < D. commutatum var. commutatum

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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Hitchcock, A.S. (rev. A. Chase). 1950    pnd_pamu10_002_lhd

        

Panicum mutabile < D. commutatum var. commutatum

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Patrick D. McMillan    pdmdcommutatum_home1

April    Anderson County    SC

Panicle 6-12 cm long, per Manual of the Grasses of the United States.

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JK Marlow    jkm060506_048

May    Oconee County    SC

Clemson Forest

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Patrick D. McMillan    pdmdcommutatum_huger

May    Berkeley County    SC

Francis Marion National Forest

Blades glabrous, margins scaberulose, bases cordate, frequently ciliate, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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JK Marlow    jkm120623_200

June    Greenville County    SC

Ashmore Heritage Preserve

Vernal culms 40-75cm tall, erect, per Manual of the Grasses of the United States.

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JK Marlow    jkm120623_203

June    Greenville County    SC

Ashmore Heritage Preserve

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JK Marlow    jkm0407b_29

July    Rutherford County    NC

Chimney Rock Park

Later leaves somewhat reduced, jutting out from stem, per Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses.

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JK Marlow    jkm090717_103

July    Georgetown County    SC

Hobcaw Barony

Spikelets ellipsoid, 2.2-2.8mm long, pedicels glabrous, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.