E-Flora BC: Electronic Atlas of the Flora of British Columbia

Schizachyrium scoparium (Michx.) Nash var. scoparium
little bluestem
Poaceae (Grass family)

Introduction to Vascular Plants

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Species Information

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Perennial, tufted grass from short rhizomes, clump-forming; stems grooved above the nodes, (50) 80-100 (150) cm tall.
Sheaths strongly keeled, usually smooth; blades flat or folded, smooth to sparsely hairy on the lower surfaces, at least near the ligules, 2-5 (6) mm wide; ligules fringed with fine hairs, short-hairy, 1-1.5 mm long.
Inflorescence a panicle, the branches each ending in solitary, usually arching racemes, 3-5 cm long, the rachis more or less densely soft-hairy; spikelets on 4-5 mm long stalks, sterile, with awns 1-4 mm long, the unstalked spikelets fertile, 2-flowered, 7-9 mm long, with awns usually 10-13 mm long; paleas much reduced, more or less jagged and fringed with hairs; lodicules about 0.7 mm long; anthers about 4 mm long.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

Habitat / Range

Mesic to dry shrublands, open forests and hotsprings in the steppe and lower montane zones; rare in SE BC; E to NS and S to ME, MA, PA, NC, FL, MS, LA, TX, NM, AZ and CA.

Source: The Illustrated Flora of British Columbia

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