Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Southern Wetland Flora
Field Office Guide to Plant Species
Dichanthelium scoparium (Lam.) Gould
- Family: Grass (Poaceae)
- Flowering: June-August
- Field Marks: This grass differs from other dichantheliums and the closely related panicums
by the stems that have a smooth ring immediately below the bearded nodes, and by its
- Habitat: Open swales, prairies, sandy woods.
- Habit: Tall perennial grass.
- Stems: Erect, branched or unbranched, hairy, bearded at the nodes but completely smooth just
beneath each node, up to 4 feet tall.
- Leaves: Long, narrow, velvety-hairy, up to 2/3 inch broad.
- Flowers: 1 per spikelet, with many spikelets forming a panicle up to 6 inches long; spikelets
oval, rounded at the tip, 1/12-1/8 inch long, pubescent.
- Sepals: 0.
- Petals: 0.
- Stamens: 3.
- Pistils: Ovary superior; styles 3.
- Grains: About 1/12 inch long.
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