Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center
Western Wetland Flora
Field Office Guide to Plant Species
Cinna latifolia (Trevir.) Griseb.
- Family: Grass (Gramineae)
- Flowering July-August
- Field Marks: This handsome grass has 1-flowered spikelets borne in an open panicle, lemmas with a short awn, and leaves 1/2-3/4 inch wide.
- Habitat: Along streams, in wet meadows, damp woods, around springs.
- Habit: Perennial grass with thickened rhizomes.
- Stems: Upright, unbranched, hollow, up to 6 feet tall, without hairs.
- Leaves: Elongated, up to 3/4 inch wide, flat, somewhat rough to the touch, ligules up to 1/3 inch long, jagged at the tip.
- Flowers: Borne in spikelets, with many spikelets in an open panicle with thread-like
branches; panicles up to 1 foot long; spikelets 1-flowered, up to 1/4 inch long; glumes
narrow, lanceolate, rough to the touch; lemmas narrow, lanceolate, rough to the touch, with
a short awn.
- Sepals: 0.
- Petals: 0.
- Stamens: 1-3.
- Pistils: Ovary superior, smooth.
- Grains: Ovoid, smooth.
- Notes: The grains are eaten by ducks and other birds.
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