Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Southern Wetland Flora
Field Office Guide to Plant Species
Spartina bakeri Merrill
- Family: Grass (Poaceae)
- Flowering: May-June
- Field Marks: This clump-forming grass differs from all other species of Spartina by its needle-like leaves and its slender flower spikes that bloom in the spring.
- Habitat: Borders of marshes, wet prairies, wet pinelands.
- Habit: Perennial, clump-forming grass with short rhizomes.
- Stems: Upright, smooth, up to 6 feet tall.
- Leaves: Elongated, needle-like, the edges rolled inward.
- Flowers: Borne in spikelets, with several spikelets in 3-12 slender spikes up to 2 1/2 inches
- Spikelets: 1-flowered, up to 1/3 inch long, the back of the glumes and lemma toothed.
- Sepals: 0.
- Petals: 0.
- Stamens: 3.
- Pistils: Ovary superior.
- Grains: Very narrow.
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