Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Sand Dropseed - Sporobolus cryptandrus   (Torrey) A. Gray
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Author(Torrey) A. Gray
DistributionClay County only, so far as is known. An immature, vegetative specimen was collected by Dan Pittillo in 1976 (Pittillo 7375 WCUH), and given a "tentative ID." Needs careful vetting by a grass expert. A second specimen, correctly identified, was collected from plants grown at the Soil Conservation Service, Chapel Hill. Weakley (2018) lists 3 old references which attribute this species to NC; presumably the specimens are at herbaria not in the SERNEC network.

Native of N.A., from NY to B.C. and south to MA, NJ, OH, TN, AL, and LA. Native west of the Mississippi River and in northern states east to western NY.
AbundanceVery rare.
HabitatUnknown for NC; a plant of shores and floodplains in its native range.
Phenology
IdentificationSand Dropseed grows 2-3 feet tall and has an open, branched inflorescence. The upper end of each leaf sheath has a conspicuous tuft of hairs. Each spikelet contains only a single floret.
Taxonomic CommentsNone

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