Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for American Cupscale - Sacciolepis striata   (L.) Nash
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Author(L.) Nash
DistributionOuter Banks/barrier islands, Coastal Plain, Sandhills, and adjacent Piedmont; rare in the upper Piedmont and southwestern Mountains.

Mostly Coastal Plain, NJ to FL, TX, southeastern OK southeastern MO, western TN.
AbundanceFrequent in the lower Coastal Plain and barrier islands; fairly common into the Sandhills, but mostly uncommon in the northwestern Coastal Plain; very rare westward. The website editors suggest a State Rank of S4S5.
HabitatFresh and fresh-tidal marshes, interdune marshes, openings in swamp forests, margins of impoundments and bay lakes, river shores. Meadow near Hiwassee River (Cherokee County); ditches (Swain County); muddy shore of Chatuge Lake (Clay County). Often emergent from shallow water.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting July-October.
IdentificationAmerican Cupscale is a perennial, with culms 2.5-4 feet tall. It is readily identified by the dense inflorescence 2-4 inches long and 1/4 as wide, with spikelets that resemble those of some Panicum species. The upper glumes are strongly veined.
Taxonomic CommentsNone

Other Common Name(s)None
State RankS3S4 [S4S5]
Global RankG5
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B.A. SorrieSandhills Game Land, margin of beaver pond, 1990s. RichmondPhoto_natural
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