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Brachyelytrum erectum

Brachyelytrum erectum (Schreb. ex Spreng.) P. Beauv.

 

Long-awned Wood Grass, Bearded Shorthusk, False Brome

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae (from Stearn’s Botanical Latin)
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassLiliopsidaMonocots (plants with a single seed leaf); includes the lily family
SubclassCommelinidaeDayflowers and spiderworts, and several others
OrderCyperalesFlowering plants including grasses
FamilyPoaceaeGrasses (but not sedges or rushes)
GenusBrachyelytrum
Specieserectum

About plant names...

This grass is native to North America.

Identification: Culms (grass stalks) are 24-39" (60-100 cm) tall, with back-turned bristly hairs. Grass blades are 2½-6" (7-15 cm) long and ⅜-½" (1-1.5 cm) wide. They are scabrous, which if you’re a plant, means covered with a rough and bristly surface. (If you happen to be a person instead, it means you are obscene or risqué. Go figure.) The panicles (flowering heads) are 1¾-6" (5-15 cm) long.

Online References:

Brachyelytrum erectum at Illinois Wildflowers

Brachyelytrum erectum on Missouriplants.com

Brachyelytrum erectum at the University of Wisconsin's Robert W. Freckmann Herbarium

Brachyelytrum erectum at the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation

Brachyelytrum erectum at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

References:

Hitchcock, Albert Spear; revised by Chase, Agnes, Manual of the Grasses of the United States, Volume 1, Dover Books, 1971, p. 433

Brachyelytrum erectum (Long-awned Wood Grass, Bearded Shorthusk, False Brome)

10/2/2010 · Hackers Trail, Cliff Park, Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, PA
≈ 14 × 21" (34 × 52 cm) ID is uncertain

Brachyelytrum erectum description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 16 Aug 2013.

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Brachyelytrum erectum (Long-awned Wood Grass, Bearded Shorthusk, False Brome)

10/2/2010 · Hackers Trail, Cliff Park, Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, PA
≈ 12 × 17" (29 × 44 cm) ID is uncertain

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