Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Woolly Panicum (Dichanthelium acuminatum)
- Family: Grass (Poaceae)
- Flowering: May-September.
- Field Marks: This species is distinguished by its hairy spikelets less than 1/8 inch long and the ligules which are tufts of white hairs.
- Habitat: Along streams, wet meadows, wet prairies.
- Habit: Perennial grass with short rhizomes.
- Stems: Erect, usually branched, usually hairy, up to 2 feet tall.
- Leaves: Elongated, narrow, up to 1/3 inch broad, densely hairy to nearly smooth; ligule a tuft of white hairs.
- Flowers: Borne in 1-flowered spikelets, with many spikelets in a panicle, each spikelet obovoid, usually hairy, about 1/12 inch long.
- Sepals: 0.
- Petals: 0.
- Stamens: 3.
- Pistils: Ovary superior.
- Grains: Ellipsoid, about 1/20 inch long.
- Note: This species does not occur in the western United States despite the listing in the National Wetlands Inventory.
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