Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


464

Grass, Sedge, or Rush
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common

Look for it in open or shaded woodlands, often in moist soil, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade shade ...Moist

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/Fall
Grain whitish/Yellowish
Grain

 

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

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

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Dichanthelium laxiflorum   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 029-81-025:
Panicum laxiflorum   FAMILY Poaceae

GREATER THAN Manual of the Grasses of the US (Hitchcock & Chase, 1950)
Panicum laxiflorum

GREATER THAN Manual of the Grasses of the US (Hitchcock & Chase, 1950)
Panicum xalapense var. strictirameum

 

COMMON NAME:
Open-flower Witchgrass, Open-flower Rosette Grass


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image of Dichanthelium laxiflorum

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_pala15_001_lvd

        

image of Dichanthelium laxiflorum

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Hitchcock, A.S. (rev. A. Chase). 1950    pnd_pala15_002_lvd

        

image of Dichanthelium laxiflorum

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Hitchcock, A.S. (rev. A. Chase). 1950    pnd_paxa3_001_lhd

        

image of Dichanthelium laxiflorum

JK Marlow    jkm0304k_12

April    Beaufort County    SC

Early panicles 4-9cm long, later panicles partly hidden in leaf sheaths, per Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses.

image of Dichanthelium laxiflorum

JK Marlow    jkm060506_139

May    Pickens County    SC

Clemson Forest

Leave blades soft, not stiff ("lax" - thus the scientific name), per Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses.

image of Dichanthelium laxiflorum

JK Marlow    jkm060506_166

May    Pickens County    SC

Clemson Forest