OF THE CAROLINAS & GEORGIA

Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Monocots: Commelinids: Poales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA OF THE SOUTHEASTERN US (4/24/22):
Anthoxanthum odoratum   FAMILY Poaceae   Go to FSUS key


SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Anthoxanthum odoratum ssp. odoratum   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Anthoxanthum odoratum

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 029-60-002:
Anthoxanthum odoratum   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Grasses of the US (Hitchcock & Chase, 1950)
Anthoxanthum odoratum

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Anthoxanthum odoratum

 

COMMON NAME:
Sweet Vernal Grass


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image of Anthoxanthum odoratum, Sweet Vernal Grass

JK Marlow    jkm150329_014

March    Greenville County    SC

Swamp Rabbit Trail

image of Anthoxanthum odoratum, Sweet Vernal Grass

JK Marlow    jkm160328_150

March    Greenville County    SC

image of Anthoxanthum odoratum, Sweet Vernal Grass

Keith Bradley    kab_a_odoratum_3436

March    Lancaster County    SC

Panicles yellowish-brown, cylindrical, dense, usually less than 6cm long, per How to Know the Grasses by R.W. Pohl.

image of Anthoxanthum odoratum, Sweet Vernal Grass

Gill Newberry    gn04_a_odoratum_flowers

April        

image of Anthoxanthum odoratum, Sweet Vernal Grass

Gill Newberry    gn04_a_odoratum_young_pla

April        

image of Anthoxanthum odoratum, Sweet Vernal Grass

JK Marlow    jkm0504a_37

April    Greenville County    SC

Roadside

Has the delightful fragrance of coumarin, persisting after plants are dried, per How to Know the Grasses by R.W. Pohl.

image of Anthoxanthum odoratum, Sweet Vernal Grass

JK Marlow    jkm0504p_10

April    Greenville County    SC

Roadside

Named from the Greek "anthos" (flower) and "xanthos" (yellow), per Manual of the Grasses of the United States.

image of Anthoxanthum odoratum, Sweet Vernal Grass

JK Marlow    jkm190413_7396

April    Rabun County    GA

image of Anthoxanthum odoratum, Sweet Vernal Grass

JK Marlow    jkm190425_7750

April    Greenville County    SC

image of Anthoxanthum odoratum, Sweet Vernal Grass

JK Marlow    s050403_a1

April    Greenville County    SC

Roadside

Taper which forms the leaf's acute apex often starts quite near the point, per How to Know the Grasses by R.W. Pohl.

image of Anthoxanthum odoratum, Sweet Vernal Grass

JK Marlow    jkm0405v_10

May    Greenville County    SC

Widely established as a weed of roadsides, woods and meadows, per How to Know the Grasses by R.W. Pohl.

image of Anthoxanthum odoratum, Sweet Vernal Grass

JK Marlow    jkm070530_019

May    Greenville County    SC

Roadside

Shorter, darker grass is Anthoxanthum odoratum; taller is Danthonia sericea.

 

WEAKLEY'S FLORA OF THE SOUTHEASTERN US (4/24/22):
Anthoxanthum odoratum   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Anthoxanthum odoratum ssp. odoratum   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Flora of North America
Anthoxanthum odoratum

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (Radford, Ahles, & Bell, 1968) 029-60-002:
Anthoxanthum odoratum   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Grasses of the US (Hitchcock & Chase, 1950)
Anthoxanthum odoratum

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933, 1938)
Anthoxanthum odoratum

 

Find by SCIENTIFIC NAME:

107

Grass, Sedge, or Rush
Perennial/Winter annual

Non-native: Europe

Common in Carolinas (uncommon to rare in GA)

Habitat: Lawns, roadsides, disturbed areas, per Weakley's Flora

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Invasive?

This plant may be causing problems in natural areas outside its native range, according to authorities such as:

 

LEAVES:
Simple
Alternate, 2-ranked

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer
Lemmas brownish

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer
Grain yellowish
Grain

 

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