Illinois Natural History Survey - University of Illinois

Panicum flexile
Wiry panic grass
Taxonomy

Synonyms:

Subspecific taxa:

Classification:

  • Magnoliophyta

Other taxonomic & nomenclature sources: USDA PlantsITISThe Plant ListIPNI

Species Distribution
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County Map Legend
Absent:
Not known from county
Medium confidence:
Medium or unknown confidence;
often old records or unverifiable observations
Medium-high confidence:
Often observations by expert botanists
High confidence:
Often vouchered herbarium records
Planted / introduced:
Native species introduced outside historic range,
or only in planted locations within county (e.g., restorations)
Historic / extirpated:
Only historic records for the species; likely extirpated
(Note that this category is not yet functional)

North American distribution maps for this species: FLNAUSDA PlantsBONAPBISON

Collection & Observation Phenology [?]

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Collection & Observation Timeline [?]

Species Status

Status/Listing: No Information

Notes:

Origin: Native

Species Description

General: Monocot, annual

Roots: adventitious, fibrous

Shoots: alternate leaf arrangment; simple leaf type; entire leaf margin; Parallel leaf venation; awl-shaped leaf shape

Inflorescence: panicle

Flowers: perfect; 3 merous; complete; hypogynous ovary position

Fruit: grain

Physiology: autotrophic; C4 C02 fixation

Ecology & Natural History

Habitat: Species is distributed on sandy soil or calcareous springy places; usually sterile soils of rocky open ground, chert and granite, leached limestone, eroded and open slopes; cherty and sandy open woods, gravel bark, wet meadows. In the calcareous places, Lobelia kalmii is strong associate.

ILPIN Notes: This is 1 of 5 Illinois species in Sect. Capillaria, with: 1-annual habit; 2-glabrous spikelets; 3-acute first glumes reaching 1/3-1/2 l. of spikelets. Species is occasional in southern 1/3 of Illinois, but rare elsewhere. Stephens, H.A. 1980. Poisonous Plants of the Central United States. Regent Press of Kansas. Lawrence, KA. 165 pp. Baskin, J. M., and C. C. Baskin. 1981. Photosynthetic pathways indicated by leaf anatomy in fourteen summer annuals of cedar glades. Photosynthetica 15: 205-209.

Functional Relationships:

Human Relationships:

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Wildlife and Livestock Information:

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Coefficient of Conservatism (C-value) [?] :

  • Entire State: 7
  • Chicago Area: 9

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