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Dichanthelium scoparium   (Lam. ) Gould
[=Panicum scoparium Lam.]
Cherokee County, Kansas
Height: 16-52 inches
Family: Poaceae - Grass Family
Flowering Period:   June, July, August, September
Also Called: Velvet panicum, velvet rosette grass.
Culms: Solitary or few, erect or genticulate at base, stout, forming tufts, initially unbranched, becoming much-branched later in summer and autumn; nodes densely bearded with long hairs, broad glabrous or viscid-glandular band below each node, culm otherwise velvety pubescent.
Blades: Lanceolate, 2 to 10 inches long, 1/4 to 4/5 inch wide, base rounded, surfaces grey velvety pubescent, tip tapering to sharp point; rosette dense, blades shorter, culm blades longer, narrower.
Sheaths: Loose, sticky-glandular along middle of back, otherwise gray velvety pubescent.
Ligules: Inconspicuous line or band of minute hairs.
Inflorescences: Panicle,often shorter than blade, ovoid in outline, 2.4 to 6 inches; branches spreading to loosely ascending, mostly rebranched; secondary panicles reduced.
Spikelets: Appearing long-stalked at ends of branches; obovate, .08 to .1 inch, softly pubescent, apiculate; first glume 1/4 to 5/8 as long as spikelet, broadly ovate, tip sharply pointed; second glume and lower lemma nearly equal, ca. as long as spikelet.
Habitat: Moist sandy woods and low areas, roadsides, fallow fields, bottomland and upland prairies.
Distribution: East 1/5 of Kansas
Origin: Native
Comments: Later in the growing season, the culms sprawl over surrounding vegetation, are much-branched and rebranched from the middle and upper nodes, and the blades are progressively reduced.

Velvet dichanthelium inflorescence
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Velvet dichanthelium
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Velvet dichanthelium leaf
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Velvet dichanthelium spikelets
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