Dichanthelium laxiflorum (Lamarck) Gould. Phen: Apr-Sep. Hab: Open or shaded woodlands, often in moist soil. Dist: MD south to FL, west to TX, north to IN; Mexico, Central America; West Indies.
Origin/Endemic status: Native
Taxonomy Comments: Included in this concept of D. laxiflorum are plants formerly known as Panicum xalapense var. strictirameum. They have strict panicles, smaller leaves, shorter culms, and spikelets as short as 1.4 mm. The known range of these plants is SC to TX. A few D. laxiflorum populations in SC and FL have spikelets to 2.5 mm long.
Synonymy: = FNA25, Il, K1, K3, K4, Mex, Pa, Va, Gould & Clark (1978); = Panicum laxiflorum Lam. – C, F, G, NcTx, RAB; > Dichanthelium xalapense (Kunth) Wipff var. strictirameum (Hitchc. & Chase) Wipff – Wipff (2020); > Dichanthelium xalapense (Kunth) Wipff var. xalapense – Wipff (2020); > Panicum laxiflorum Lam. – HC, S; > Panicum xalapense Kunth – WV; > Panicum xalapense Kunth var. strictirameum Hitchc. & Chase – HC, S; > Panicum xalapense Kunth var. xalapense – HC, S