Dichanthelium scoparium (Lam.) Gould - Velvet Witchgrass

Dicanthelium scoparium plant

Family - Poaceae


Dicanthelium scoparium node


Dicanthelium scoparium sheathSheaths and stem.

Dicanthelium scoparium liguleArrow shows ligule of short trichomes.




Dicanthelium scoparium spikeletsSpikelets close-up.

Flowering - May - August.

Habitat - Ditches, low woods, marshes, flatwoods, bogs, wet meadows.

Origin - Native to North America.

Other information - This species can be found scattered throughout Alabama. The plant is easy to identify becasue of its villous stems and leaf sheaths. The fuzzy hairs can be seen at a great distance. The glabrous band below each node is a good characteristic to look for also. This is a grass that is worthy of cultivation.
The genus name Dicanthelium derives from the Greek "dich(o)" meaning "two, in two" and "anth(e)" meaning "a flower" referring to the two flowering seasons of the genus.
The species epithet scoparium derives from the Latin "scop(a)" meaning "a broom, twigs" referring to the structure and appearance of the plant.

Alabama Distribution:

Dicanthelium scoparium map

Photographs taken off Hwy 80 near Selma, AL., 6-9-05.

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