Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


695

Grass, Sedge, or Rush
Annual

Non-native: Europe
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common (rare in SC)

Look for it in pastures, disturbed areas, roadsides, hedgerows, per Weakley's Flora

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Invasive?

This plant may be causing problems in natural areas outside its native range, according to authorities such as:

Kentucky Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2013
Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, 2014

 

LEAVES:
Simple
Basal & alternate, 2-ranked

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer/Fall
Spikelets purplish or greenish
Bisexual & staminate in the same spikelet
Inflorescence a panicle

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer/Fall
Grain yellowish
Grain

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Holcus lanatus   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Holcus lanatus   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 029-29-001:
Holcus lanatus   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Grasses of the US (Hitchcock & Chase, 1950)
Holcus lanatus

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Notholcus lanatus

 

COMMON NAME:
Velvet Grass


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image of Holcus lanatus

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Hitchcock, A.S. (rev. A. Chase). 1950    pnd_hola_002_lvd

        

image of Holcus lanatus

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_nola2_001_lvd

        

image of Holcus lanatus

JK Marlow    jkm0407t_32

July    Mitchell County    NC

The Roan Highlands

Panicle dense, branches spreading and ascending, villous. Spikelets 2-flowered, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Holcus lanatus

JK Marlow    jkm0407w_17

July    Mitchell County    NC

The Roan Highlands

The entire plant is grayish velvety-hairy and soft to the touch, per Wildflowers of the Eastern United States.