Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


932

Grass, Sedge, or Rush
Annual

Non-native: tropical southeast Asia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common

Look for it in disturbed areas, colonizing moist, rich soil, esp in floodplains, per Weakley's Flora

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INVASIVE

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

Alabama Invasive Plant Council, 2012
Georgia Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2006
Kentucky Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2013
NC Botanical Garden
NC Department of Transportation
SC Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2014
Tennessee Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2009
US Fish & Wildlife Service
US Forest Service Southern Research Station
Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, 2014

 

...Moist

LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate, 2-ranked

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Grain yellowish/Reddish
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):
Microstegium vimineum   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Microstegium vimineum   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 029-84-001:
Microstegium vimineum   FAMILY Poaceae

GREATER THAN Manual of the Grasses of the US (Hitchcock & Chase, 1950)
Microstegium vimineum var. vimineum

GREATER THAN Manual of the Grasses of the US (Hitchcock & Chase, 1950)
Microstegium vimineum var. imberbe

 

COMMON NAME:
Japanese Grass, Japanese Stiltgrass, Nepalese Browntop, Nepal Grass


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Hitchcock, A.S. (rev. A. Chase). 1950    pnd_mivi_001_lvd

        

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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / USDA Wetland flora: Field office illustrated guide    pnd_mivi_003_lvd

        

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Gill Newberry    gn07_microstegium

July        

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JK Marlow    jkm0307a_32

July    Greenville County    SC

One of the most destructive introduced plants in our area, per Weakley's Flora.

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JK Marlow    jkm0307a_34

July    Greenville County    SC

Leaves lanceolate, flat, to 10cm wide and 2-15mm wide, with white midveins, per Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses.

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JK Marlow    jkm0307g_05

July    Greenville County    SC

Extensive dense patches, eliminating nearly all other herbaceous plants, per Weakley's Flora.

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JK Marlow    jkm120925_135

September    Greenville County    SC

Terminal, thin and spikelike raceme, to 3" long, per Nonnative Invasive Plants of Southern Forests.

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JK Marlow    s030928_a

September    Greenville County    SC

Spikelets in one to three terminal upright fingers, per Weeds of Southern Turfgrasses.

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JK Marlow    jkm0410k_21

October    Greenville County    SC

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Keith Bradley    kab_m_vimineum_7495

October    Lexington County    SC

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