Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Two-flower Melicgrass - Melica mutica   Walter
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AuthorWalter
DistributionAcross the state, including the Outer Banks. Gaps in the Coastal Plain and Sandhills reflect the scarcity of nutrient-rich soils. The gap in the northern Mountains is hard to explain.

MD to IL, south to FL and TX.
AbundanceFrequent to common in the Mountains and Piedmont; uncommon to locally frequent in the Coastal Plain, rare in the Sandhills proper.
HabitatMesic to dry hardwoods, pine-hardwoods, and other nutrient-rich or mineral-rich forests and woodlands; maritime forests.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting April-June.
IdentificationThese plants usually are 2 feet tall, with several well-spaced, slender leaves. The terminal inflorescence may be up to a foot long, the branches only a few inches long, spreading or not. The characteristic spikelets are whitish and as they mature they assume a shape like puffed rice. A grass seen in bloom in the spring on mesic forested slopes, such as when you are looking for wildflowers, is often this widespread species.
Taxonomic CommentsNone

Other Common Name(s)Two-flower Melic
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