Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Poverty Oatgrass - Danthonia spicata   (L.) Beauvois ex Roemer & J.A. Schultes
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Author(L.) Beauvois ex Roemer & J.A. Schultes
DistributionThroughout the Mountains, Piedmont, and northern Coastal Plain; extends southward along the Cape Fear River to Bladen County. Scarce in the Sandhills and absent from the southern 2/3 of the Coastal Plain.

Newf. and B.C. south to FL and NM.
AbundanceCommon, except rare in the Sandhills proper and absent in southern 2/3 of Coastal Plain.
HabitatDry to mesic woodlands, forest trails and openings, rock outcrops, bluffs. In the Coastal Plain, occupies locally mineral-rich soils and/or river bluffs. This is one of the more common grasses in dry/upland woodland openings and edges.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting May-August.
IdentificationPoverty Oatgrass is usually readily identified by its leaves that, when mature, curl and twist, and become partly to mostly straw color. Thus, the tuft of leaves at the base of the plant is what draws attention. In the Mountains, it might be confused with Flattened Oatgrass (D. compressa); see it for details.
Taxonomic CommentsNone

Other Common Name(s)Poverty Grass
State RankS5
Global RankG5
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B.A. SorriePiedmont of northern Moore County, June 2016. MoorePhoto_natural
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