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Dichanthelium acuminatum

Dichanthelium acuminatum (Sw.) Gould & C.A. Clark

Tapered Rosette Grass

Poaceae (Grass Family)


USDA Symbol: DIAC2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), HI (I), PR (N), CAN (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Root Type: Fibrous
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Venation: Parallel
Breeding System: Flowers Bisexual
Inflorescence: Panicle
Fruit Type: Caryopsis
Size Notes: It is polymorphic, having early and late season forms of the same plant.
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Not Applicable
Bloom Time: Feb , Mar , Apr , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov
Bloom Notes: The flowers (florets) of grasses are often minute and therefore not visible to the naked eye. The flowers of this grass genus remain closed and are self-pollinated. Bloom dates: California (June-August), Florida (May-September), Illinois (May-October), New York (June-July), West Virginia (June-September), Eastern United States (May-November), Great Plains (May-June through fall), New England (June-September), Southeastern United States (May-August), Southern United States (begins February-March).


USA: AL , AR , AZ , CA , CO , CT , DC , DE , FL , GA , HI , IA , ID , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MS , MT , NC , ND , NE , NH , NJ , NM , NV , NY , OH , OK , OR , PA , RI , SC , SD , TN , TX , UT , VA , VT , WA , WI , WV , WY
Canada: NB , NS , PE


Attracts: Butterflies
Larval Host: Southern & Northern Brokendashes

National Wetland Indicator Status

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.

Additional resources

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


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

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