Short Spike Bluestem - beard grass - bluestem grass - broomsedge
Andropogon brachystachyus Chapman
Poaceae (Grass) Family


Short Spike Bluestem is a native perennial warm season bunch grass in the Poaceae family. It is found in the southern portion of Alabama. Its preferred habitat is seasonally wet, sandy soils of flatwoods, savannahs, and pitcher plant bog margins. The plant is not “weedy” like some other Bluestems, and is usually only found in relatively intact ecosystems. Flowering occurs in late summer and autumn.

The leaf sheaths are smooth; alternate on the stem; linear and smooth or sparsely downy.

Flowers are produced in spikelets on stems that are 4 to 8 feet in height. The spikelets are arranged in pairs (the pedicellate spikelet vestigial or absent) on a raceme. The racemes are fully exserted from the sheath and curve outwards.

Fruit is an awned grain.

 

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