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Panicum dichotomiflorum Michx. - Fall Panic Grass

Line drawing from USDA Database, B & B

Order:  Poales  

Family: Poaceae, Grass Family 

 panicum dichotomiflorumSynonymyPanicum dichotomiflorum var. imperoprum Fernald.

Lower Taxa: P. dichotomiflorum Michx. var. puritanorum Svens.

Origin: Native, eastern North America

Habit: Herbaceous, graminoid, annual grass

Habitat: Moist sandy soil; occasionally aggressive and opportunistic weed in agricultural fields and waste areas.

Range: New Jersey specimens from Atlantic, Bergen, Burlington, Camden, Cape May, Hunterdon, Hudson, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Somerset and Union Counties; Observed from Cumberland, Gloyucester and Salem CountiesCounties; HL, P, CP-N and S

Frequency: Common

Rank/Status: G5, S5/none

Wetland Status: FACW

Flowering & Reproduction: Flowering in mid-summer, spikelets mature in fall

Comments:  A common farmfield and disturbed soil weed.  Found throughout the State with the exception of the NW, where it is expected but species are absent.  P. var. puritanorium is associated with lakes edges and is a more diminutive specimen.

Reference Specimen: W.T. McDonough, 7/24/1954, Roadside-Voorhees, CHRU #89071.


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