Andropogon virginicus L. - Broom-sedge Bluestem


 

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Andropogon virginicus - (image 1 of 5)

 

Taxonomy

Family: Poaceae

 

Habitat

Dry fields, open woods, sandy barrens.

Associates

 

Distribution

MA to southern Ontario, OH, MO, and KS, south to FL and TX.

Morphology

Perennial grass to 1.5 m; culms tufted; leaves rarely over 30 cm; stem-sheaths glabrous; inflorescence slender, elongate, simple or racemosely branched, the branches when present rarely surpassing the third node above their base; uppermost nodes mostly glabrous; fertile spikelets averaging 3.6 mm; sterile spikelet very seldom developed.

Notes

Flowers early July to late September

Wetland indicator: FACU

A common species in open areas with sandy or rocky soil.

References

Gleason, Henry A. and A. Cronquist. 1991. Manual of Vascular Plants of Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada. Second Ed.
The New York Botanical Garden. Bronx, NY

 


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