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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