Flora of the Southeastern United States
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Aristida stricta Michaux. Carolina Wiregrass, Pineland Three-awn. Phen: Sep-Nov. Hab: Coastal Plain pinelands of nearly all sorts, ranging from the driest white-sand sandhills to seasonally saturated pine savannas dominated by a mixture of longleaf pine and pond pine, largely or entirely replaced in the wettest savannas by Sporobolus teretifolius, S. pinetorum, Calmovilfa brevipilis, Muhlenbergia expansa, and Ctenium aromaticum; also in Piedmont areas adjacent to the Coastal Plain and formerly supporting fire-maintained longleaf pine woodlands. Dist: Ne. NC (south of Albemarle Sound and the Roanoke River), south to ne. SC (Lee and Kershaw counties)

Origin/Endemic status: Endemic

Syn: = K1, K3, K4, Peet (1993); = Aristida stricta var. stricta – Ward (2001); < Aristida stricta – FNA25, GW1, HC, RAB, S, Allred (1986), Kesler, Anderson, & Hermann (2003)

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