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 (rare in Coastal Plain south of VA)

Look for it in dry soils of grasslands and open woods, often on disturbed soils of roadsides and ditches, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade ...Dry

LEAVES:
Simple
Basal "cushion" (not a distinct rosette) & low alternate, 2-ranked

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

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer
Grain brownish
Grain

 

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

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

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Dichanthelium depauperatum   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 029-81-023:
Panicum depauperatum   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Grasses of the US (Hitchcock & Chase, 1950)
Panicum depauperatum

 

COMMON NAME:
Starved Witchgrass, Starved Panicgrass


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image of Dichanthelium depauperatum

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_pade12_001_lvd

        

image of Dichanthelium depauperatum

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Hitchcock, A.S. (rev. A. Chase). 1950    pnd_pade12_002_lvd

        

image of Dichanthelium depauperatum

Patrick D. McMillan    pdmddepauperatum_home1

April    Anderson County    SC

Blades 6-15cm x 2-5mm. Panicle usually not much exceeding leaves, per Manual of the Grasses of the United States.