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Sporobolus teretifolius R.M. Harper. Wireleaf Dropseed. Phen: Jul-Sep (and later in response to growing-season fire). Hab: Wet savannas, pitcherplant bogs. Dist: Se. NC, ne. SC, s. GA, and se. AL (Houston County). Many of the counties reported for this species in RAB actually are based on misidentified specimens of S. pinetorum. In a few very wet savannas of Columbus and Brunswick counties, NC, S. teretifolius is dominant or codominant over many hectares. Like many savanna grasses, S. teretifolius generally flowers only following fire.

ID notes:Very similar vegetatively to Aristida stricta, S. teretifolius can be distinguished by its tuft of hairs at the base of the otherwise glabrous blade (as opposed to line of pilose hairs the length of the blade in A. stricta).

Origin/Endemic status: Endemic

Synonymy: = FNA25, HC, K1, K3, K4, S, Weakley & Peterson (1998); < Sporobolus teretifolius R.M.Harper – RAB

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Wetland Indicator Status:

  • Atlantic and Gulf Coastal Plain: FACW

Heliophily: 9

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image of plant© Alan Weakley source | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Alan Weakley source | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Radford, Ahles and Bell | Original Image ⭷


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