Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Sweet Tanglehead - Heteropogon melanocarpus   (Elliott) Elliott ex BenthamOnly member of Heteropogon in NC.
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Author(Elliott) Elliott ex Bentham
DistributionTwo specimens are known: New Hanover County in 1964 by G. Sawyer, Jr, et al.; and Dare County, Roanoke Island in 1950 by P. Schallert.

Native of the Old World tropics; in N.A. scattered from NC to southern FL and eastern TX.
AbundanceVery rare; likely extirpated.
HabitatNo habitat given.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting September(?) or October-November.
IdentificationSweet Tanglehead grows 2-4 (or more) feet tall. The inflorescence is composed of several short, slender branches that arise from leaflike sheaths. In their sheaths the plants vaguely resemble bluestems (Andropogon), but lack the dense whitish hairs among the spikelets. Instead, Sweet Tanglehead has dark brown spikelets with very long, essentially twisted awns.
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