Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


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Grass, Sedge, or Rush
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common NC Mtns, uncommon in NC Piedmont & NC Coastal Plain (rare in GA & SC)

Look for it on grassy balds, high elevation rocky summits, rocky or sandy woodlands, per Weakley's Flora

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LEAVES:
Simple
Mostly basal

FLOWER:
Spring/Summer

FRUIT:
Spring/Summer
Grain dark
Grain

 

TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!



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

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (5/21/15):
Avenella flexuosa   FAMILY Poaceae

GREATER THAN PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Deschampsia flexuosa var. flexuosa   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 029-34-002:
Deschampsia flexuosa   FAMILY Poaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Southeastern Flora (Small, 1933)
Aira flexuosa

SYNONYMOUS WITH Manual of the Grasses of the US (Hitchcock & Chase, 1950)
Deschampsia flexuosa

 

COMMON NAME:
Appalachian Hairgrass, Crinkled Hairgrass, Common Hairgrass, Wavy Hairgrass


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picture of Deschampsia flexuosa, image of Avenella flexuosa

Patrick D. McMillan    pdmdflexuosa_glass

May    Pickens County    SC

Glassy Mountain Heritage Preserve

Spikelets have 2 fertile flowers, each with a lemma with a striking bent awn, per Wildflowers & Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont.

picture of Deschampsia flexuosa, image of Avenella flexuosa

Patrick D. McMillan    pdmdflexuosa_habit

May        

picture of Deschampsia flexuosa, image of Avenella flexuosa

Tim Spira    tps_aflexuosa2

May        

Perennial grass that forms a tight clump of narrow, wiry foliage, per Wildflowers & Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont.

picture of Deschampsia flexuosa, image of Avenella flexuosa

JK Marlow    jkm0407t_06

July    Mitchell County    NC

The Roan Highlands

picture of Deschampsia flexuosa, image of Avenella flexuosa

JK Marlow    jkm0407t_07

July    Mitchell County    NC

The Roan Highlands

picture of Deschampsia flexuosa, image of Avenella flexuosa

JK Marlow    jkm0407u_17

July    Mitchell County    NC

The Roan Highlands

picture of Deschampsia flexuosa, image of Avenella flexuosa

JK Marlow    jkm0407u_20

July    Mitchell County    NC

The Roan Highlands

picture of Deschampsia flexuosa, image of Avenella flexuosa

JK Marlow    jkm0507n_20

July    Transylvania County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

picture of Deschampsia flexuosa, image of Avenella flexuosa

JK Marlow    s050717_d

July    Transylvania County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

Loose open inflorescence with spikelets at tips of long flexible branches, per Wildflowers & Plant Communities of the Southern Appalachian Mountains and Piedmont.

picture of Deschampsia flexuosa, image of Avenella flexuosa

JK Marlow    s050806_f

August    Transylvania County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway

picture of Deschampsia flexuosa, image of Avenella flexuosa

Patrick D. McMillan    pdmdflexuosa_craggy

Month Unknown    Buncombe County    NC

Blue Ridge Parkway