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Schizachne purpurascens (False melic)
Smith, R.W.

Schizachne purpurascens

Schizachne purpurascens (Torr.) Swallen

False Melic, Purple Oatgrass, Schizachnã© Pourprã©

Poaceae (Grass Family)

Synonym(s): Avena torreyi, Melica purpurascens, Schizachne purpurascens var. pubescens, Schizachne stricta, Trisetum purpurascens


USDA Native Status: L48 (N), AK (N), CAN (N)

Schizachne is a monospecific genus that extends across North America in boreal regions and southwards in the montane areas, as well as from the Ural Mountains of Russia to Kamchatka and Japan.


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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
Fruit Type: Caryopsis
Size Class: 1-3 ft. , 3-6 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Not Applicable
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul
Bloom Notes: The flowers (florets) of grasses are usually minute and therefore not visible to the naked eye.


USA: AK , CO , CT , IA , IL , IN , KY , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MT , ND , NE , NH , NJ , NM , NY , OH , PA , RI , SD , UT , VA , VT , WI , WV , WY
Canada: NB , NL , NS , PE
Native Habitat: Moist, rocky northern hardwood and spruce forests.


Attracts: Butterflies
Larval Host: Northern Pearly-Eye butterfly (Enodia anthedon)

Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)

Northern Pearly Eye
(Enodia anthedon)

Larval Host
Learn more at BAMONA

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.


Bibref 1186 - Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America (2005) Covell, C.V., Jr.
Bibref 1185 - Field Guide to Western Butterflies (Peterson Field Guides) (1999) Opler, P.A. and A.B. Wright

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Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2012-07-03
Research By: TWC Staff

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