Fimbristylis autumnalis (L.) Roem. & Schult. - Slender Fimbry

Fimbristylis autumnalis plant

Family - Cyperaceae

Stems:

Fimbristylis autumnalis stem

Fimbristylis autumnalis basePlant base.

Leaves:

Fimbristylis autumnalis liguleArrow shows ligule.

Inflorescence:

Fimbristylis autumnalis bractBract of inflorescence.

Flowers:

Fimbristylis autumnalis spikelet

Fimbristylis autumnalis spikeletMature spikelet.

Flowering - July - November.

Habitat - Meadows, ditches, low waste places, bogs, swamps, disturbed sites.

Origin - Native to North America.

Other information - This species can be found throughout Alabama. The plant can be identified by its habitat, flat (culms)stems, small, cylindric spikelets, and trigonous nutlets.
The genus name Fimbristylis derives from the Latin "fimbri" meaning "a fringe, fibers" and the Greek "styl(us)" meaning "a pillar, column, styles" referring to the styles of the official species.
The species epithet autumnalis derives from the Latin "autumn" meaning "fall, autumn" referring to the flowering time of the plant.

Alabama Distribution:

Fimbristylis autumnalis map

Photographs taken off Lee Rd 27, Auburn, AL., 9-7-05.


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