Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Shiny Spikegrass - Chasmanthium nitidum   (Baldwin) Yates
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Author(Baldwin) Yates
DistributionPender County only, so far as is known. Discovered in NC in 1979 along Harrison Creek; later at Trumpeter Swamp in Holly Shelter Game Land.

Southern GA to central FL; disjunct to southeastern SC and southeastern NC.
AbundanceRare and local -- known from just the two sites named above. This is a State Threatened species.
HabitatWet swampy blackwater forests over limestone or coquina. Occurs with Dwarf Palmetto (Sabal minor).
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting August-October.
IdentificationThis rare species looks very different from the common Slender Spikegrass (C. laxum), due to having spikelets twice as large and the open inflorescence with ascending to rather spreading branches.
Taxonomic CommentsNamed as Uniola nitida in RAB (1968) and other older references.

Other Common Name(s)Swamp Spanglegrass, Shiny Woodoats
State RankS1
Global RankG3G4
State StatusT
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B.A. SorriePhoto taken 2002, Calhoun County, GA. Photo_non_NCPhoto_non_NC
B.A. SorriePender County, 1995, Holly Shelter Game Land. PenderPhoto_natural
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