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Andropogon brachystachyus

Andropogon brachystachyus Chapm.

Shortspike Bluestem

Poaceae (Grass Family)


USDA Symbol: ANBR2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Root Type: Fibrous
Leaf Retention: Deciduous
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Shape: Linear
Leaf Venation: Parallel
Inflorescence: Axillary , Spike , Terminal
Fruit Type: Caryopsis
Size Notes: Up to about 10 feet tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Not Applicable
Bloom Notes: The flowers (florets) of grasses are usually minute and therefore inconspicuous.


USA: FL , GA , NC , SC
Native Habitat: Often seasonally wet soils of flatwoods, savannas, pond margins, and scrublands

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil Description: Sandy

National Wetland Indicator Status

Status: FAC
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.

Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2022-10-13
Research By: DEW

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