Dichanthelium leucothrix (Nash) Freckmann

Locations ofDichanthelium leucothrix (Nash) Freckmann in Virginia

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Botanical Name
Dichanthelium leucothrix (Nash) Freckmann
Common Name
Rough Panic Grass
Dichanthelium acuminatum ssp. leucothrix (Nash) Freckmann & Lelong
Flora of Virginia Name/Status
Dichanthelium leucothrix (Nash) Freckmann
Primarily ranging on the Coastal Plain from NJ to TX s. into South America, this grass was recently discovered by Tom Wieboldt in the southern Virginia Piedmont, in an area of the Traissic Basin that supports a number of other unusual plants. The subsequent discovery of this species in otherwise mundane habitats in Bath and Floyd counties indicates this diminutive taxon may simply be overlooked (particularly given identification issues in the acuminatum complex) . Specimen IDs confirmed by Richard LeBlond. Also mapped by Kartesz (2016 BONAP Plant Atlas) in both se. and w. Virginia; the source of those attributions is unknown to us, and is likely due to a different nomenclatural interpretation.
Poorly drained (but seasonally dry) flats of the southern Piedmont Triassic Basin near the Banister River, Pittsylvania County, and in a similar habitat in Louisa county; moist streamside, Floyd County; shaly creek bank, Bath County; and calcareous wet meadow in Frederick County. Apparently rare in Virginia.
Native Status

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