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Pappophorum vaginatum (Whiplash pappusgrass)
Wasowski, Sally and Andy

Pappophorum vaginatum

Pappophorum vaginatum Buckley

Whiplash Pappusgrass

Poaceae (Grass Family)

Synonym(s): Pappophorum apertum, Pappophorum mucronulatum, Pappophorum suffulbosum

USDA Symbol: PAVA2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Root Type: Fibrous
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Shape: Linear
Leaf Venation: Parallel
Inflorescence: Panicle
Fruit Type: Caryopsis
Size Notes: Up to about 3 feet tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Green , Brown
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov
Bloom Notes: Panicles are narrow, tightly contracted, whitish or tawny, only rarely with a slight purple tinge.


USA: AZ , ME , NM , NY , TX
Native Habitat: Gray sandy loam, claypan prairie, and saline clay.

Wildflower Center Seed Bank

LBJWC-PM-13 Collected 2006-10-20 in Presidio County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

1 collection(s) available in the Wildflower Center Seed Bank

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2011-06-25
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