Aristida virgata Trin.

Locations ofAristida virgata Trin. in Virginia

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Botanical Name
Aristida virgata Trin.
Common Name
Wandlike Three-awn Grass
Aristida purpurascens var. virgata (Trin.) Allred
Flora of Virginia Name/Status
Aristida virgata Trinius
This taxon was treated as a var. of A. purpurascens by FNA, and was lumped under that name in many past Virginia floristic studies. However, Cerros-Tlatilpa, Columbus, & Barker (J. Amer. Bot. 98, 2011) present molecular evidence that it is not closely related to A. purpurascens and warrants the specific rank it was accorded in most traditional manuals. Examination of Virginia herbarium specimens labelled "Aristida purpurascens" is likely to reveal additional records of A. virgata.
Wet flatwoods, moist to wet clearings, roadsides, and ditches. Frequent in the s. and c. Coastal Plain, north to Caroline County; rare on the eastern edge of the s. Piedmont.
Native Status

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