Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Monocots: Commelinids: Poales
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This is one of the few witchgrasses that does not produce an obvious rosette of leaves at ground level. Read more at Vascular Plants of North Carolina.
SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America north of Mexico, vol. 25 (2003)
SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 029-81-023:
Panicum depauperatum FAMILY Poaceae
SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Grasses of the US (Hitchcock & Chase, 1950)
SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
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April Anderson County SC
Panicle usually not much exceeding leaves, per Manual of the Grasses of the United States (Hitchcock & Chase, 1950).
JK Marlow jkm220525_8053
May Greenville County SC
No obvious basal rosette: leaves are alike and erect to strongly ascending, long, and linear, per Vascular Plants of North Carolina.
JK Marlow jkm220525_8054
May Greenville County SC
Vernal phase with culms several to many in a tuft. Leaf blades 6-15cm x 2-5mm, per Manual of the Grasses of the United States (Hitchcock & Chase, 1950).
Flora of North America north of Mexico, vol. 25
Manual of the Grasses of the US (Hitchcock & Chase, 1950)
Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Grass, Sedge, or Rush
Habitat: Dry soils of grasslands and open woods, often on disturbed soils of roadsides and ditches, per Weakley's Flora
Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Common in NC Mountains & Carolina Piedmont, rare in Coastal Plain of GA & SC (uncommon elsewhere in GA-NC-SC)
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Basal "cushion" (not a distinct rosette) & low alternate, 2-ranked
Early-season ("spring") panicles terminal; later "autumnal" panicles are lateral
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