1. Family: Poaceae Barnhart
    1. Genus: Sporobolus R.Br.
      1. Sporobolus brevipilis (Torr.) P.M.Peterson

        This species is accepted, and its native range is New Jersey to South Carolina.

    [GB]
    Habit
    Perennial. Rhizomes short. Butt sheaths coriaceous; glossy; persistent and investing base of culm; with compacted dead sheaths. Culms 100-150 cm long. Leaf-sheaths 15-30 cm long. Ligule a fringe of hairs; 1-2 mm long. Leaf-blades persistent, or deciduous at the ligule; 25-50 cm long; 2-5 mm wide. Leaf-blade apex filiform.
    Inflorescences
    Inflorescence a panicle. Panicle open; lanceolate, or ovate; 8-40 cm long; 4-20 cm wide. Primary panicle branches ascending, or spreading; 8-17 cm long. Spikelets solitary. Fertile spikelets pedicelled. Pedicels glabrous, or ciliate; hairy at tip.
    Spikelets
    Spikelets comprising 1 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets lanceolate; laterally compressed; 4-5.8 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret. Floret callus bearded. Floret callus hairs 1.5 mm long; 0.25-0.5 length of lemma.
    Fertile
    Spikelets comprising 1 fertile florets; without rhachilla extension. Spikelets lanceolate; laterally compressed; 4-5.8 mm long; breaking up at maturity; disarticulating below each fertile floret. Floret callus bearded. Floret callus hairs 1.5 mm long; 0.25-0.5 length of lemma.
    Glume
    Glumes persistent; similar; shorter than spikelet. Lower glume ovate; 1.7-4.1 mm long; 0.5-0.8 length of upper glume; membranous; 1-keeled; 1 -veined. Lower glume lateral veins absent. Lower glume apex acute. Upper glume ovate; 3.3-5 mm long; 0.8-0.9 length of adjacent fertile lemma; membranous; 1-keeled; 1 -veined. Upper glume lateral veins absent. Upper glume apex acute.
    Florets
    Fertile lemma obovate; 4-5.4 mm long; membranous; keeled; 1 -veined. Lemma surface pubescent. Lemma apex acute. Palea oblong; 1.1 length of lemma; 2 -veined. Palea keels distant but flanking a median depression; pubescent.
    Flowers
    Anthers 3; 2.4-3.2 mm long.
    Fruits
    Caryopsis with free soft pericarp.
    Distribution
    North America: northeast USA and southeast .
    Reference
    Eragrostideae. Thieret.

    Distribution

    Native to:

    New Jersey, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia

    Sporobolus brevipilis (Torr.) P.M.Peterson appears in other Kew resources:

    First published in Taxon 63: 1233 (2014)

    Accepted by

    • Govaerts, R. (2019). World Checklist of Vascular Plants (WCVP Database) The Board of Trustees of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew.

    Literature

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    • Flora of North America Editorial Committee (2003). Flora of North America North of Mexico 25: 1-781. Oxford University Press, New York, Oxford.

    Sources

    GrassBase - The Online World Grass Flora
    http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/3.0

    Kew Backbone Distributions
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2020. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0

    Kew Names and Taxonomic Backbone
    The International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families 2020. Published on the Internet at http://www.ipni.org and http://apps.kew.org/wcsp/
    © Copyright 2017 International Plant Names Index and World Checklist of Selected Plant Families. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0