Anthaenantia villosa (Michx.) P. Beauv. - Green Silkyscale

Anthaenantia villosa plant

Family - Poaceae

Stems:

Anthaenantia villosa baseBase of plant.

Anthaenantia villosa nodeNode.

Leaves:

Anthaenantia villosa liguleArrow shows small, hairy ligule.

Inflorescence:

Anthaenantia villosa inflorescenceMature inflorescence.

Flowers:

Anthaenantia villosa fruitSpikelets...

Anthaenantia villosa fruit...again.

Flowering - September - November.

Habitat - Sandhills, pinelands, flatwoods.

Origin - Native to North America.

Other information - This species can only be found in the most southern Alabama counties where its sandhill and pineland habitats exist. The grass is fairly easy to identify becasue of its hairy, rounded spikelets. Another species, A. rufa (Nutt.) Schult., is similar but has much thinner leaves and longer hairs on the fruits. This latter species likes more moist habitats.
The species epithet villosa derives from the Latin "villos" meaning "hairy" referring to the spikelets.

Alabama Distribution:

Anthaenantia villosa map

Photographs taken at Fort Benning, GA., 10-9-05.


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