Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Annual Rabbit's-foot Grass - Polypogon monspeliensis   (L.) Desfontaines
Members of Poaceae:
Only member of Polypogon in NC.
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Author(L.) Desfontaines
DistributionOuter Banks and adjacent mainland. Disjunct inland to Wake County (field south of Raleigh in 1941). First collected in NC in 1867 "near Wilmington" by W.M. Canby.

Native of southern Europe and Turkey; in N.A. common west of the Mississippi River, eastward on the Atlantic coast.
AbundanceFrequent to locally common on the Outer Banks/barrier islands, uncommon on the mainland.
HabitatMaritime sands, interdune swales and marshes, wet maritime grasslands, margins of brackish marshes.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting May-July.
IdentificationThe whitish, ovate inflorescence looks and feels like a rabbit's foot. This can be a conspicuous grass (when in flower/fruit) in coastal areas.
Taxonomic CommentsFNA maps P. maritimus in NC, but website editors have seen no evidence.

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