Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


511

Grass, Sedge, or Rush
Perennial

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

Common

Look for it in moist forests, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade ...Wet ...Moist

LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate, 2-ranked

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Grain reddish
Grain

 

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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Elymus virginicus var. virginicus   FAMILY Poaceae

LESS THAN PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Elymus virginicus var. virginicus   FAMILY Poaceae

LESS THAN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 029-25-002:
Elymus virginicus   FAMILY Poaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Virginia Wild-rye, Common Eastern Wild-rye, Terrell Grass


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image of Elymus virginicus var. virginicus

JK Marlow    jkm070528_078

May    Laurens County    SC

Sumter National Forest: Tyger Ranger District

image of Elymus virginicus var. virginicus

JK Marlow    jkm060704_046

July    Greenville County    SC

The "bow-legged" glumes are a good mark of recognition, per How to Know the Grasses by R.W. Pohl.

image of Elymus virginicus var. virginicus

JK Marlow    jkm060729_035

July    Greenville County    SC

Roadside/creekside

image of Elymus virginicus var. virginicus

JK Marlow    jkm0509g_19

September    Cabarrus County    NC

Suther Prairie

Can be confused with Secale cereale which often nods but has longer bristles, per Grasses, an Identification Guide by Lauren Brown.

image of Elymus virginicus var. virginicus

JK Marlow    jkm0411f_22

November    York County    SC

Blackjacks Heritage Preserve

Elymus species' spikelets are sessile, usually in 2s, alternating on spike, per Wildflowers of the Eastern United States.


click here to see other plants that look similar to this COMPARE seedheads of Bottlebrush Grass, Cereal Rye, and Virginia Wild-rye