Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


801

Grass, Sedge, or Rush
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia

Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common

Look for it in floodplain forests, swamps, streambanks, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate, 2-ranked

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
2 stamens
Inflorescence a panicle

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):
Leersia virginica   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Leersia virginica   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 029-62-003:
Leersia virginica   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Grasses of the US (Hitchcock & Chase, 1950)
Leersia virginica

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Homalocenchrus virginicus

 

COMMON NAME:
White Cutgrass, Whitegrass


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image of Leersia virginica, White Cutgrass, Whitegrass

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_hovi4_001_lvd

        

image of Leersia virginica, White Cutgrass, Whitegrass

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Hitchcock, A.S. (rev. A. Chase). 1950    pnd_levi2_002_lvd

        

Panicle's capillary branches rather distant, stiffly spreading, naked below, per Manual of the Grasses of the United States.

image of Leersia virginica, White Cutgrass, Whitegrass

USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide    pnd_levi2_003_lvd

        

image of Leersia virginica, White Cutgrass, Whitegrass

Keith Bradley    kab_l_virginica_4320

September    Newberry County    SC

Sumter National Forest: Tyger Ranger District

Panicle branches rather distant, stiffly spreading, naked below, per Manual of the Grasses of the United States.

image of Leersia virginica, White Cutgrass, Whitegrass

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_leersia_virginica_1

September    Catawba County    NC

Leaf blades relatively short, 6-12mm wide, per Manual of the Grasses of the United States.

image of Leersia virginica, White Cutgrass, Whitegrass

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_leersia_virginica_2

September    Catawba County    NC

Spikelets oblong, closely appressed to the branchlets, per Manual of the Grasses of the United States.

image of Leersia virginica, White Cutgrass, Whitegrass

Terry Holdsclaw    tdh_leersia_virginica_3

September    Catawba County    NC

Leersia's spikelets are one-flowered, strongly compressed laterally, per Manual of the Grasses of the United States.