Cinna latifolia  (Trevir. ex Gpp.) Griseb. - Drooping Woodreed


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Cinna latifolia - (image 1 of 6)



Family: Poaceae


Moist woods.




Circumboreal, south to PA, northern IL, MN, and CA, and in mountains to NC.


Perennial to 1.5 m; nodes 3-7. Leaves to 15 mm wide; ligules mostly colorless. Inflorescence a lax and open panicle, branches of the inflorescence slender and divaricate or recurved, pale green and rather shiny; first glume 2.3-3.8 mm; second glume 1-nerved, 2.6-4.1 mm, nearly smooth except on the keel, margins scarious and constituting half the width; awn to 1.5 mm.   


Flowers July to September

Wetland indicator: Facultative Wetland +

Reports of this species in northern IL are apparently misidentifications of C. arundinacea (Common Wood Reed) which has crowded and ascending panicle branches and 3-veined second glumes.


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


Swink, F. and G. Wilhelm. 1994. Plants of the Chicago Region.
Indiana Academy of Science. The Morton Arboretum. Lisle, Illinois.




 Michael Hough 2010