Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


937

Grass, Sedge, or Rush
Perennial

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

Common (rare in GA Coastal Plain, uncommon in NC-SC Coastal Plain)

Look for it on roadsides, powerline rights-of-way, 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
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
Georgia Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2006
Kentucky Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2013
NC Department of Transportation
SC Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2014
SC Native Plant Society
Tennessee Exotic Pest Plant Council, 2009
US Fish & Wildlife Service
US Forest Service Southern Research Station
Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation, 2014

 

LEAVES:
Simple
Basal & alternate, 2-ranked

FLOWER:
Summer/Fall
3 stamens
Inflorescence a panicle of racemes

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
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):
Miscanthus sinensis   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Miscanthus sinensis   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 029-83-001:
Miscanthus sinensis   FAMILY Poaceae

GREATER THAN Manual of the Grasses of the US (Hitchcock & Chase, 1950)
Miscanthus sinensis var. variegatus

GREATER THAN Manual of the Grasses of the US (Hitchcock & Chase, 1950)
Miscanthus sinensis var. zebrinus

 

COMMON NAME:
Chinese Silvergrass


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_misi_001_lvd

        

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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Hitchcock, A.S. (rev. A. Chase). 1950    pnd_misi_002_lvd

        

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    wwwseeppcky_miscanthus

        

www.se-eppc.org/ky/leastwant.htm

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JK Marlow    jkm0401e_32

January    Greenville County    SC

Panicles dense, branches and pedicels ascending, per Vascular Flora of the Carolinas.

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JK Marlow    jkm090321_010

March    Greenville County    SC

Chestnut Ridge Heritage Preserve

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JK Marlow    jkm0007a_13a

July    Henderson County    NC

Roadside

This species is becoming aggressively weedy, per Weakley's Flora.

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Tim Spira    tpsmsinensis2

August        

Much-branched and drooping terminal plumed pancicles, silvery to pinkish, per Nonnative Invasive Plants of Southern Forests.

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JK Marlow    jkm0510d_33

October    Greenville County    SC

Leaves long-linear, upright to arching, to 1m long and less than 2cm wide, per Nonnative Invasive Plants of Southern Forests.

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JK Marlow    jkm151024_558

October    Greenville County    SC

Blue Wall Preserve

Panicle somewhat fan-shaped, of silky aggregate racemes 10-20cm long, per Manual of the Grasses of the United States.

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JK Marlow    jkm151024_558b

October    Greenville County    SC

Blue Wall Preserve

Spikelets with a tuft of silky hairs about as long as glumes, per Manual of the Grasses of the United States.

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JK Marlow    jkm151024_559

October    Greenville County    SC

Blue Wall Preserve

Very small pieces of rhizome can propagate new clumps, per Invasive Plants, Guide to Identification, Impacts and Control.

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JK Marlow    jkm151024_561

October    Greenville County    SC

Blue Wall Preserve

Leaves 1" wide with a distinct white midrib, per Invasive Plants, Guide to Identification, Impacts and Control.

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Keith Bradley    kab_m_sinensis_9339

December    Lexington County    SC

Riverbanks Zoo and Botanical Garden