Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Narrowleaf Bluestem - Andropogon perangustatus   Nash
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DistributionSandhills and the southern Coastal Plain -- north in NC only to Carteret and Harnett counties, though there are several records for southeastern VA. It could well be present in the northern half of the NC Coastal Plain.

Coastal Plain, southeastern VA to central FL and eastern TX.
AbundanceUncommon to infrequent; though widely distributed in NC, not numerous, and it is a Watch List species.
HabitatWet pitcher-plant seepages, blackwater streamhead ecotones, clay-based Carolina bays, natural depression wetlands, wet powerlines.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting August-October.
IdentificationThis is a very slender-leaved and short bluestem, producing tussock-like clumps. The elongate stem sheaths are like A. gyrans, but are narrower and hide less of the racemes; the racemes are well separated (vs. close together or closely spaced). Also, note the wetland habitat, as A. gyrans usually grows in upland/dry habitats.
Taxonomic CommentsIn many texts treated as A. gyrans var. stenophyllus.

While 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.
Other Common Name(s)None
State RankS2S3
Global RankG5T4 [G4]
State StatusW1
US Status
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B.A. SorrieRichmond County, 2011, Sandhills Game Land, wet flat at base of slope, S side Nursery Lane, W of Deatons Lane. RichmondPhoto_natural

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