Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Slender Indiangrass - Sorghastrum elliottii   (C. Mohr) Nash
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Author(C. Mohr) Nash
DistributionThroughout most of the state, except scarce in the Mountains and scarce on the Outer Banks and adjacent mainland.

MD to TN and OK, south to FL and TX.
AbundanceFrequent throughout, except rare in the Mountains and Outer Banks. The website editors suggest a State Rank of S5 instead of S4, as it has been collected in well over half of the state's counties.
HabitatMesic to dry soils of open woodlands, openings in pine-hardwoods, Longleaf Pine-Wiregrass pea swales and loamy flats. Rather frequent in mafic soils in the Piedmont.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting September-November.
IdentificationSlender Indiangrass is very handsome, with its tall stems (3-6 feet), gracefully tall and arching inflorescence, and lustrous brown spikelets and awns. Our only other Indiangrass (S. nutans) has an erect inflorescence, straw-colored spikelets, and gray-green awns.
Taxonomic CommentsNone

Other Common Name(s)Long-bristle Indiangrass
State RankS4 [S5]
Global RankG5
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B.A. SorrieCamp Mackall, loamy soil area, 1992. ScotlandPhoto_natural
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