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
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.