Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Hare's-tail Grass - Lagurus ovatus   L.Only member of Lagurus in NC.
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DistributionA single collection is known: Carteret County, ballast, Beaufort (cited by Hitchcock & Chase 1950). The specimen is presumably at herbarium US.

Native of the Mediterranean region; in N.A. scattered records in CA, FL, NC, NY.
AbundanceVery rare; probably a waif and never established here in NC.
HabitatShip ballast.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting April-June.
IdentificationThis is a leafy grass that grows to 2 feet tall, the stems topped by a "puffball" inflorescence. The leaves and sheaths have many long hairs. The inflorescence is broadly ellipsoid or ovoid, 1.5-3 cm long, softly pilose with white hairs, and resembles a rabbit's or hare's tail.
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