HAIRY DICHANTHELIUM
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Dichanthelium acuminatum   (Sw. ) Gould & C.A. Clark  var. acuminatum 
[=Panicum acuminatum Sw.  var. acuminatum ]
Comanche County, Kansas
Perennial
Height: 8-24 inches
Family: Poaceae - Grass Family
Flowering Period:   May, June
Also Called: Woolly rosette grass, woolly panic grass.
Culms: Erect or ascending, simple initially, often branching with age, stiff, usually pubescent, olive-green to purplish, nodes bearded with spreading hairs.
Blades: Firm, erect or ascending, variously pubescent with ascending to spreading hairs or rarely nearly glabrous, olive-green to purplish; stem blades mostly 1.6 to 4 inches long, 1/5 to 1/3 inch wide, those of later branches shorter, narrower, more crowded; rosette blades shorter, broad.
Sheaths: Shorter than internodes, densely long-hairy.
Ligules: Conspicuous fringe of hairs 1/12 to 1/5 inch long.
Inflorescences: Panicle, pyramidal early, 1.2 to 3.6 inches long, nearly as wide, usually purplish; branches ascending or spreading, often long-hairy.
Spikelets: Ovate to elliptic, to 1/10 inch long, usually pubescent; first glume about 1/3 as long as spikelet; second glume and sterile lemma nearly equal.
Habitat: Prairies and open woods; sandy soils.
Distribution: East 2/3 of Kansas.

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