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 (uncommon in Mountains)

Look for it in dry to moist soils, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade ...Moist ...Dry

LEAVES:
Simple
Basal & alternate, 2-ranked

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
Raceme (2-3 per peduncle)

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Grain purplish/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):
Andropogon ternarius var. ternarius   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Andropogon ternarius var. ternarius   FAMILY Poaceae

LESS THAN VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 029-87-005:
Andropogon ternarius   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Grasses of the US (Hitchcock & Chase, 1950)
Andropogon ternarius

 

COMMON NAME:
Splitbeard Bluestem, Silvery Bluestem


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image of Andropogon ternarius var. ternarius

JK Marlow    jkm120628_341

June    Greenville County    SC

image of Andropogon ternarius var. ternarius

JK Marlow    jkm120628_343

June    Greenville County    SC

Narrow glaucous blue-green summer foliage turns copper-red-bronze in fall. — Patrick McMillan

image of Andropogon ternarius var. ternarius

JK Marlow    jkm080913_033

September    Greenville County    SC

image of Andropogon ternarius var. ternarius

JK Marlow    jkm120908_361b

September    Greenville County    SC

Grass flowers usually w 2 lodicules, 3 stamens, ovary w 2 feathery stigmas, per How to Know the Grasses by R.W. Pohl.

image of Andropogon ternarius var. ternarius

JK Marlow    jkm0410c_26

October    Greenville County    SC

Field

image of Andropogon ternarius var. ternarius

JK Marlow    jkm0510f_24

October    Oconee County    SC

Field

image of Andropogon ternarius var. ternarius

Keith Bradley    kab_a_ternarius_4791

October    Lancaster County    SC

Forty Acre Rock Heritage Preserve

image of Andropogon ternarius var. ternarius

Keith Bradley    kab_a_ternarius_70436

October    Miami-Dade County    FL

Everglades National Park

image of Andropogon ternarius var. ternarius

JK Marlow    s041002_a

October    Greenville County    SC

Field

image of Andropogon ternarius var. ternarius

JK Marlow    s041002_a2

October    Greenville County    SC

Field

Racemes 2-3, conspicuously white villous, 1.5-5cm long, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

image of Andropogon ternarius var. ternarius

JK Marlow    jkm0211c_15 on left

November    Greenville County    SC

Roadside

Splitbeard Bluestem on the left; Broomsedge on the right

image of Andropogon ternarius var. ternarius

JK Marlow    jkm0211k_01

November    Greenville County    SC

Field

image of Andropogon ternarius var. ternarius

JK Marlow    jkm0211k_06

November    Greenville County    SC

Roadside

The paired, copiously hairy racemes are on peduncles 5-12cm, per Wildflowers of the Eastern United States.

image of Andropogon ternarius var. ternarius

JK Marlow    jkm0211k_11

November    Greenville County    SC

Roadside

Each feathery seed tuft, in a "V", catches the light and amplifies it, per Gardening with Native Plants of the South.

image of Andropogon ternarius var. ternarius

Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_andropogon_tenarius_3

November