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Uniola paniculata (Sea oats)
Loughmiller, Campbell and Lynn

Uniola paniculata

Uniola paniculata L.

Sea Oats, Seaoats

Poaceae (Grass Family)

Synonym(s):

USDA Symbol: UNPA

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Flat, oval, scaly, brownish spikelets are crowded into a curving cluster on a tall, smooth stem.

A spectacular grass, often used for erosion control along beaches. A similar but smaller and more delicate species, Wild Oats (U. latifolia), has pendulous spikelets and does not exceed 5 (1.5 m) in height. It is sometimes planted as an ornamental and collected for dried bouquets.

 

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Leaf: Green
Fruit:

Bloom Information

Bloom Time: Jun , Jul

Distribution

USA: AL , DE , FL , GA , LA , MD , MS , NC , SC , TX , VA
Native Distribution: Virginia south to Florida; west to Texas.
Native Habitat: Coastal sands.

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium

National Wetland Indicator Status

Region:AGCPAKAWCBEMPGPHIMWNCNEWMVE
Status: FACU FACU FACU
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

From the National Suppliers Directory

According to the inventory provided by Associate Suppliers, this plant is available at the following locations:

Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation Native Plant Nursery - Sanibel, FL

From the Archive

Wildflower Newsletter1991 VOL. 8, NO.6 - Wildflower Seeds and Germination, Special Intern Appeal Enjoys Great Success, Di...

Additional resources

USDA: Find Uniola paniculata in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Uniola paniculata in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Uniola paniculata

Metadata

Record Last Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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