Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Ditch Fimbry - Fimbristylis schoenoides   (Retzius) Vahl
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Author(Retzius) Vahl
DistributionTo date, known in NC only from the Outer Banks: Hyde County, Ocracoke Island in 2005; Dare County, Kill Devil Hills in 1990.

Native of Asia; in N.A. found in GA and NC.
AbundanceVery rare.
HabitatOpenings in maritime forests.
PhenologyFlowering and fruiting August (probably) to October.
IdentificationDitch Fimbry differs from other fimbries by its solitary spikelet per stem, and by the color of the spikelet: pale red-brown in life, straw color after pressing.
Taxonomic CommentsPlants of the the genus Fimbristylis are very small to tall (3+ feet), with most leaves in a basal tuft, and an open, branched, terminal inflorescence. The spikelets are various shades of rufous, chestnut, or brown (due to the color of the scales) and resemble tiny pinecones. Important key characters include size, shape, and ornamentation of the achenes (seeds); see also other characters used by Weakley (2018). Godfrey & Wooten (1979) have excellent drawings and descriptions.
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