Dichanthelium ovale subsp. ovale

Synonyms: Panicum malacon
Treatment appears in FNA Volume 25. Treatment on page 429.

Basal blades 3-8 cm, rigid, with long hairs on or near the bases and margins. Culms more than 1 mm thick, stiff; lower internodes pilose; upper internodes short-pilose to nearly glabrous. Cauline sheaths with ascending hairs, hairs to 4 mm, not papillose-based: ligules 1-4 mm; blades 5-12 mm wide, firm, ascending, abaxial surfaces appressed-pubescent, adaxial surfaces nearly glabrous except for the long hairs on or near the scabridulous margins and bases. Spikelets 2.5-3 mm, ellipsoid, sparsely to densely pilose. 2n = 18.


Dichanthelium ovale subsp. ovale grows in dry, open, sandy woods, pinelands, and sandhills along the east coast of the United States from New Jersey south¬wards, extending into the coastal plain from eastern Texas to South Carolina, and in Mexico, Honduras, Guatemala, and Nicaragua. It intergrades somewhat with subsp. pseudopubescens. Occasional long-spikelet specimens exhibit morphological characteristics of D. oligosanthes and D. commutatum.

Selected References


Lower Taxa

Mary E. Barkworth +
(Elliott) Gould & C.A. Clark +
Del. +, Wis. +, Fla. +, Puerto Rico +, N.J. +, Tex. +, La. +, N.C. +, S.C. +, Pa. +, Ark. +, Iowa +, Ill. +, Ind. +, Md. +, Miss. +, Ohio +, Okla. +, N.Y. +, Va. +, Ala. +, Ga. +, Conn. +, Mass. +, Minn. +, Mich. +  and Ky. +
Panicum malacon +
Dichanthelium ovale subsp. ovale +
Dichanthelium ovale +
subspecies +