Aristida tuberculosa Nutt. - Sea-Beach Needle Grass
Family - Poaceae
Arrow shows ligule.
Fruit with awns.
Grain of fruit.
Arrows show coil of awns and suture between grain and awn column.
Flowering - August - October.
Habitat - Sandy fields, sandhills, sandy roadsides.
Origin - Native to North America.
Other information - This species can be found in just a handful of southern Alabama counties that contain sandhill habitats. The plant has a more broad, fan-shaped inflorescence than most other species of Aristida in the state. The long awns coil at the base with maturity and the awns fall intact as a unit from the grain. This species has glabrous stems that branch much.
Photographs taken at Fort Benning, GA., 10-9-05.