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Saccharum coarctatum

Saccharum coarctatum (Fernald) R. Webster

Brown Plume Grass, Compressed Plumegrass

Poaceae (Grass family)

Synonym(s): Erianthus coarctatus, Erianthus coarctatus var. elliottianus

USDA Symbol: SACO31

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 8 feet tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Green , Purple , Brown
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct


USA: AL , DE , FL , GA , MD , NC , SC , TX , VA
Native Habitat: Wet, peaty or sandy soils of swales, pond margins, and meadows of the coastal plain.


Bibref 1791 - Guide to Texas Grasses (2012) Robert B. Shaw

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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

Additional resources

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


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

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