Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Catchfly Cutgrass - Leersia lenticularis   Michaux
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DistributionCoastal Plain; rare in the lower Piedmont (Chatham County). Gaps will be diminished over time with more collecting, though seemingly absent from the far eastern counties; not in the Sandhills.

Coastal Plain, southeastern VA to northern FL and eastern TX; north in the Mississippi drainage to OH and MN.
AbundanceUncommon, but can be locally numerous along a few brownwater floodplains such as the Neuse and the Roanoke rivers. This is a Significantly Rare species, but the editors suggest a State Rank of S2S3 is more reasonable.
HabitatFloodplain forests (brownwater and to a lesser extent blackwater) and back-up channels. Various mixtures of Swamp Black Gum--Red Maple--Cypress--oak--ash, with an open understory.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting July-October.
IdentificationThese plants generally are 2-3 feet tall, with a terminal inflorescence. The spikelets are pale green to yellow-green, overlapping, rounded, flattened, and bristly on the margins, giving them a resemblance to cultivated rice.
Taxonomic CommentsNone

Other Common Name(s)Most references use just Catchfly Grass, but the editors and Weakley (2018) prefer to use the "cutgrass" group name for Leersia species.
State RankS2? [S2S3]
Global RankG5
State StatusSR-P
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B.A. SorrieBertie County, 2017, Kuralt Trail E of US 17, floodplain depression. BertiePhoto_natural
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