Illinois Natural History Survey - University of Illinois

Aristida desmantha
Three awn, Curly three awn
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 found in open sandy soil or sandy woods.

ILPIN Notes: Species is found only in Illinois, Nebraska, and Texas. Versus A. tuberculosa, speices has a short column of awns, 1-3 mm. long. Versus other Aristida in Illinois, the awns of this species are jointed or articulated in their juncture with the lemma body. Species is found in central-western Illinois; is a disjunct distribution. Hitchcock, A.S. 1980. A Manual of the Grasses of the United States. United States Government Printing Office. Washington, D.C. 1051 pp. Stephens, H.A. 1980. Poisonous Plants of the Central United States. Regent Press of Kansas. Lawrence, KA. 165 pp.

Functional Relationships:

Human Relationships:

  • Edibility [?] :
  • Showy Flowers:

Wildlife and Livestock Information:

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

  • Entire State: 9
  • Chicago Area:

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