Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Deceptive Broomsedge + - Andropogon virginicus var. decipiens   C.S. Campbell
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AuthorC.S. Campbell
DistributionMiddle and outer Coastal Plain. Not yet known from Sandhills proper. Distribution in NC imperfectly known at this time; expect some gaps to be filled.

Coastal Plain, southeastern VA to southern FL and northwestern FL; Bahamas.
AbundanceUncommon. The state rank of S1S2 is probably too restrictive; S3 is more accurate.
HabitatMoist to wet pine savannas and flatwoods, maritime wet grasslands, depressions in pinelands.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting September-October.
IdentificationDeceptive Broomsedge is very much like A. virginicus var. virginicus, but differs in shorter raceme sheaths (2.5-3.8 cm vs. 3.4-5.2 cm) and 2-3 racemes per unit (vs. 2-5).
Taxonomic CommentsWhile the genus Andropogon is quite easy to recognize in the field, ID of species is not so easy and there are no shortcuts. Readers are strongly advised to read the introductory paragraphs in Weakley (2018) and to use his key. Once one has successfully keyed out several species, or compared collections with verified specimens, one can learn to recognize them in the field.
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State RankS1S2 [S2]
Global RankG5T4
State StatusW7
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B.A. SorriePender County, 1995, Holly Shelter Game Land. PenderPhoto_natural
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