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Common Name: Scribner’s Panicum

Other Names: Scribner’s Dichanthelium

Species Name: Dichanthelium oligosanthes

Plant Type: Grasses & Grass-like

Family Name: Poaceae, Grass Family

Tribe: Paniceae, Panicgrass Tribe



Plant Facts  
Origin Native
Duration Perennial
Season Cool
Distribution in the U.S. Throughout the country excluding extreme southeastern states: Florida, Georgia and Alabama
Distribution in Oklahoma Throughout the state



ID Characteristics

  • Field Identification Characteristics


    • Basal rosette of leaves
    • Short, wide leaves
    • Sheaths will overlap adjacent nodes


    • Wiry seed heads and branches
    • Single, small round seed heads at the end of each branch
  • Leaf and Stem Characteristics
    • Plant Height: 15-60 centimeters
    • Ligule Type: Ciliate
    • Sheath: Glabrous
    • Leaves: Basal (Winter rosette), cauline (summer growth form)
  • Floral Characteristics
    • Inflorescence Type: Panicles
    • Florets Per Spikelet: 2
    • Glumes: Unequal; upper glumes notably rounded



Soil Type Loams and clay-loams
Habitat Prairies and open-woods
Successional Stage Mid to late


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