Arundinaria appalachiana Triplett, Weakley, & L.G. Clark. Hab: Dry to moist forests on slopes. Dist: Sw. NC and se. TN south to nw. SC, n. GA and ne. AL, primarily in the southwestern end of the Blue Ridge, but extending east, south, and west into adjacent provinces.
Origin/Endemic status: Endemic
Taxonomy Comments: Arundinaria appalachiana was named in 2006 (Triplett, Weakley, & Clark 2006), but had been noticed beginning in 1900 by botanists R.M. Harper, W.C. Coker, W.W. Ashe, and C.D. Beadle.
Other Comments: The short plants (often only knee-high, though sometimes head-high) on mountain slopes south of Asheville are autumn-deciduous, whereas our other species are evergreen.
Synonymy: = FNA24, K3, K4, Tn, Triplett, Weakley, & Clark (2006), Ward (2009c); = Arundinaria tecta (Walter) Muhl. var. decidua Beadle; < Arundinaria gigantea (Walter) Muhl. – GW1, RAB; < Arundinaria gigantea (Walter) Muhl. ssp. tecta (Walter) McClure – K1, Judziewicz et al (2000), McClure (1973); < Arundinaria tecta (Walter) Muhl. – HC, S, Tucker (1988)