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Chasmanthium nitidum

Chasmanthium nitidum (Baldw.) Yates

Shiny Wood-oats, Shiny Woodoats

Poaceae (Grass family)

Synonym(s): Uniola nitida


USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Fruit Type: Caryopsis
Size Notes: Up to about 4 feet tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Green , Brown
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct


USA: AL , FL , GA , NC , SC
Native Habitat: Stream and river banks, roadside ditches and the margins of low, moist woods.

National Wetland Indicator Status

Status: FACW
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 32 - Grasses of Canada, the U.S., and Mexico - North America north of Mexico (all countries, provinces, states, territories) (2019) Open Herbarium (
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Research Literature

Reslit 211 - Can inconspicuous legumes facilitate alien grass invasions? Partridge peas and fountain grass in Hawai'i (2002) D. A. Carino and C. C. Daehler
Reslit 550 - Selecting Chamaecrista spp. for soil stabilisation and forage in southern China (2001) J. B. Hacker, S. L. Wen, Z. Y. Ying and B. C. Peng...
Reslit 1193 - Seed predators are undeterred by nectar-feeding ants on Chamaecrista nictitans (Caesalpineaceae) (2003) S. Ruhren
Reslit 1194 - Jumping spiders (Salticidae) enhance the seed production of a plant with extrafloral nectaries (1999) S. Ruhren and S. N. Handel
Reslit 1342 - Mycorrhizal species identity affects plant community structure and invasion: a microcosm study (2003) E. D. Stampe and C. C. Daehler
Reslit 1554 - Variation in temperature requirements for germination and early seedling root development in Chamaecrista rotundifolia and three allied species (2000) M. G. Xu, C. K. McDonald, C. J. Liu and J. B. Hack...
Reslit 1835 - Multiple pleurograms in Chamaecrista moench (Leguminosae, caesalpinioideae) (2008) O. C. De-Paula and D. M. T. Oliveira
Reslit 1930 - In vitro antiviral activity of Chamaecrista nictitans (Fabaceae) against herpes simplex virus: Biological characterization of mechanisms of action (2004) L. H. Uribe, E. C. Olarte and G. T. Castillo
Reslit 2554 - Cytogenetics of species of Chamaecrista (Leguminosae-Caesalpinioideae) native to southern Brazil (2006) E. Biondo, S. T. S. Miotto and M. T. Schifino-Witt...

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Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 0000-00-00
Research By: CBR

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