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Plant Profile  
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Common Name: Broadleaved Uniola

Other Names: Broadleaf Chasmanthium, Fish-on-a-Fishing Pole Grass

Species Name: Chasmanthium latifolium

Plant Type: Grasses & Grass-like

Family Name: Poaceae





Plant Facts  
Origin Native
Duration Perennial
Season Cool
Distribution in the U.S. Southeastern quarter from Pennsylvania to Florida and westward to Kansas and Texas
Distribution in Oklahoma Eastern two-thirds of the state



ID Characteristics

  • Field Identification Characteristics


    • Broad leaves
    • Typically grows in partial shade or in edge habitats
    • Rhizomatous, forming many clones


    • Large, flat spikelets
    • Open, drooping seed head
    • Seed heads look like fish on a stringer
  • Leaf and Stem Characteristics
    • Plant Height: 70-150 centimeters
    • Ligule Type: Ciliate-membranous 
    • Sheath: Glabrous 
    • Leaves: Cauline
  • Floral Characteristics
    • Inflorescence Type: Panicle 
    • Florets Per Spikelet: 1-4
    • Glumes: Nearly equal



Soil Type Alluvial soils
Habitat Moist soils of shaded stream terraces and alluvial bottoms, or in upland, mesic wooded sites
Successional Stage Mid to late


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