Dig deeper at SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria.
Learn more about Tridens from the Vascular Plants of North Carolina.
Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Monocots: Commelinids: Poales
Britton & Brown Illus Flora of Northeast US & adjacent Canada (Gleason, 1952)
Manual of the Grasses of the US (Hitchcock & Chase, 1950)
Purpletop, Purpletop Tridens, Greasy Grass, Tall Redtop
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August Greenville County SC
Bunched Arrowhead Heritage Preserve
Spikelets usually red or purple at maturity w 4-8 flowers in a herringbone, per Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses.
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Panicle branches ascending or spreading becoming drooping at the ends, per Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses.
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October Oconee County SC
Branchlets droop & are covered with an oily or greaselike substance, per 100 Native Forage Grasses in 11 Southern States.
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October Pickens County SC
Grain whitish-yellow, ellipsoid, released wihin smooth husks, per Forest Plants of the Southeast and Their Wildlife Uses.
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October Greenville County SC
Open panicle 8-14" long, spreading, pyramidal shaped, usually purple, per 100 Native Forage Grasses in 11 Southern States.