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Dry fields, open woods, sandy barrens.
MA to southern Ontario, OH, MO, and KS, south to FL and TX.
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.
Flowers early July to late September
Wetland indicator: FACU
A common species in open areas with sandy or rocky soil.
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
© Michael Hough 2018