Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Curved Sickle-grass - Parapholis incurva   (L.) C.E. Hubbard
Members of Poaceae:
Only member of Parapholis in NC.
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Author(L.) C.E. Hubbard
DistributionOuter Banks and other barrier islands; one record from the mainland (Sneads Ferry, Onslow County). Last collected in 1983 on Bald Head Island (Brunswick County).

Native of Eurasia; in N.A. scattered in coastal states of the U.S.
HabitatInterdune swales, maritime sand flats, ferry landing.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting May-July.
IdentificationAs its name suggests, this grass has curved leaf blades and even the slender inflorescences are curved. Several stems grow from the base and may hug the ground for some length before becoming rather erect. Its distinctly curved, arcing parts make this an unusual-looking species.
Taxonomic CommentsNone

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