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Aristida beyrichiana

Aristida beyrichiana Trin. & Rupr.

Beyrich Threeawn, Wiregrass

Poaceae (Grass Family)

Synonym(s): Aristida stricta var. beyrichiana

USDA Symbol: ARBE7

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
Leaf Margin: Entire
Inflorescence: Panicle , Raceme , Spike , Terminal
Fruit Type: Caryopsis
Size Notes: Up to about 4 feet tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Brown
Bloom Time: Jan , Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov , Dec
Bloom Notes: The flowers (florets) of grasses are usually minute and therefore inconspicuous. It appears to be tan color and the inflorescence shape is variable.


USA: AL , FL , GA , MS , SC

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun , Part Shade
Drought Tolerance: High

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

Research Literature

Reslit 172 - Long-term effects of dormant-season prescribed fire on plant community diversity, structure and productivity in a longleaf pine wiregrass ecosystem (1997) D. G. Brockway and C. E. Lewis
Reslit 173 - Restoring longleaf pine wiregrass ecosystems: plant cover, diversity and biomass following low-rate hexazinone application on Florida sandhills (1998) D. G. Brockway, K. W. Outcalt and R. N. Wilkins
Reslit 523 - Patterns of differentiation in wiregrass (Aristida beyrichiana): Implications for restoration efforts (1998) D. R. Gordon and K. J. Rice
Reslit 470 - The role of herbicide in savanna restoration: Effects of shrub reduction treatments on the understory and overstory of a longleaf pine flatwoods (2009) J. E. Freeman and S. Jose
Reslit 413 - Species-specific patterns of hydraulic lift in co-occurring adult trees and grasses in a sandhill community (2004) J. F. Espeleta, J. B. West and L. A. Donovan
Reslit 326 - Elevated atmospheric CO2 affects structure of a model regenerating longleaf pine community (2002) M. A. Davis, S. G. Pritchard, R. J. Mitchell, S. A...
Reslit 294 - Understory restoration in longleaf pine sandhills (2004) A. C. Cox, D. R. Gordon, J. L. Slapcinsky and G. S...
Reslit 713 - Shifts in botanical composition of flatwoods range following fertilization (1996) R. Kalmbacher and F. Martin
Reslit 716 - Wiregrass grown from seeds obtained on Florida flatwood and sandhill sites (2004) R. Kalmbacher, J. Norcini, T. Pittman, S. Pfaff an...
Reslit 744 - A taxonomic reevaluation of Aristida stricta (Poaceae) using anatomy and morphology (2003) T. R. Kesler, L. C. Anderson and S. M. Hermann

This information was provided by the Florida WIldflower Foundation.
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Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2023-06-12
Research By: DEW

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