Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Florida Beardgrass - Chrysopogon pauciflorus   (Chapman) Bentham ex Vasey
Members of Poaceae:
Only member of Chrysopogon in NC.
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Author(Chapman) Bentham ex Vasey
DistributionA single collection is known: Carolina Beach State Park in New Hanover County in 1972 by David Dumond. Weakley (2018) states: "its occurrence in se. NC ... is plausible either as a native, disjunct occurrence or as an introduction". His map shows it as being of uncertain provenance in NC.

Native of peninsular Florida and Cuba; disjunct and probably alien in NC.
AbundanceVery rare. The NCNHP list (2021) gives its State Rank as S1, but the editors feel that it is likely not native, and suggest SE? (Exotic?) is better.
HabitatDry disturbed woodland at campground.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting September-October.
IdentificationFlorida Beardgrass grows 2-3 feet tall, the lower half of the stem leafy. The terminal inflorescence is very open and composed of whorls of horizontal to ascending branches, each with a hairy spikelet and a very long awn (10-16 cm).
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State RankS1 [SE?]
Global RankG4G5
State StatusW4
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