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Saccharum brevibarbe var. contortum

Saccharum brevibarbe (Michx.) Pers. var. contortum (Elliott) R. Webster

Shortbeard Plumegrass, Bent-awn Plumegrass

Poaceae (Grass Family)

Synonym(s): Erianthus contortus, Saccharum contortum


USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Similar to Saccharum giganteum, but with white flower plumes, purplish culms, and bronze autumn color.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Root Type: Fibrous
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Venation: Parallel
Fruit Type: Caryopsis
Size Class: 3-6 ft. , 6-12 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Yellow , Brown
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct


Bibref 1620 - Gardening with Native Plants of the South (Reprint Edition) (2009) Wasowski, S. with A. Wasowski

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Additional resources

USDA: Find Saccharum brevibarbe var. contortum in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Saccharum brevibarbe var. contortum in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Saccharum brevibarbe var. contortum


Record Modified: 2013-09-12
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