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Arundinaria appalachiana Triplett, Weakley, & L.G. Clark. Hill Cane. Phen: Not known to flower (?). 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.

ID notes:The short plants (often only knee-high, though sometimes head-high) are autumn-deciduous, whereas our other species are evergreen.

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.

Synonymy: = FNA24, K3, K4, Tn, Triplett (2023), 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, S13, Tucker (1988)

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Wetland Indicator Status:

  • Eastern Mountains and Piedmont: FACW (taxonomic lump from wetland indicator species)
  • Great Plains: FACW (taxonomic split from wetland indicator species)
  • Midwest: FACW (taxonomic split from wetland indicator species)
  • Northcentral & Northeast: FACW (taxonomic split from wetland indicator species)

Heliophily: 6

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image of plant© Scott Ward | Original Image ⭷
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image of plant© Alan Weakley source | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Alan Weakley source | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Alan Weakley source | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Alan Weakley source | Original Image ⭷
image of plant© Alan Weakley source | Original Image ⭷

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