Grasses

Wildflower enthusiasts who disregard the grasses are certainly missing a big part of the show. The flowers produced by grasses are indeed small, but they are quite spectacular when viewed with a 10X hand lens.

In the Pine Barrens, as in most other places around the world, grasses loom large from both an economic and ecological standpoint. They help clothe huge areas of the earth’s surface and are often critical in defining vegetation communities. There are over fifty species of grasses native to the Pine Barrens. The following are some of the ones that every Pine Barrens naturalist should be acquainted with.

Blunt Manna Grass

Glyceria obtusa

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Giant Plume-grass

Saccharum giganteum

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Switchgrass

Panicum virgatum

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Pine Barren Reed Grass

Calamovilfa brevipilis

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Bushy Beard Grass

Andropogon glomeratus

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Little Bluestem

Schizachyrium scoparium

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Columbia Panic-grass

Panicum columbianum

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Velvety Panic-grass

Panicum columbianum

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Pine Barren Smoke-grass

Muhlenbergia torreyana

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Pursh's Peanut Grass

Amphicarpum purshii

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