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Project Name Data (Last Modified On 10/22/2012)

Flora Data (Last Modified On 10/22/2012)
PlaceOfPublication Hort. Berol. 2:209. 1833.
Synonym Panicum spectabile Nees in Trin. Gram. Pan. 138. 1826.
Description Coarse aquatic perennial; culms 1-2 m. high from a long creeping rooting base, the nodes usually densely bearded with yellowish hairs; sheaths glabrous to papillose-hispid, the margins papillose-hispid-ciliate; ligule a dense line of stiff yellowish hairs about 4 mm. long; blades elongate, acuminate to attenuate, 1-3 cm. wide, the margins very scabrous, sparsely papillose or ciliate at the base; in- florescence 10-30 cm. long, erect, dense, the axis very scabrous and sparsely hispid; racemes usually crowded, 3-6 cm. long, ascending to spreading, the rachis hispid, especially at the base; spikelets about 5 mm. long, very short-pedicelled, coarsely hispid; first glume broad, acute, or short-awned, two-thirds to three-fourths as long as the spikelet; second glume acuminate; sterile lemma containing a staminate flower, the awn 2-10 mm. long; fruit 4-5 mm. long including a pointed beak about 0.5 mm. long.
Distribution Swamps and ditches near the coast, sometimes in water several feet deep. Mexico and the West Indies to Argentina.
Specimen SAN BLAS: near Puerto Obaldia, Pittier 4383.
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