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Florida 4-H Forest Ecology

Florida 4-H Forest Ecology

Wiregrass: Identifying Characteristics

Wiregrass grows prolifically in flatwoods and dry sandhills. It is a common understory cover in longleaf pine forests and on newly burned sites.

Wiregrass is a perennial bunchgrass that grows in dense, spreading tufts, reaching heights of 1½' to 3'.

The leaves are long, thin, wiry, or needle-like with tufts of fine, white fuzz around the leaf base. Margins are rolled inward.

Wiregrass flowers are tiny and close to the flower stalk with 3 distinct hair-like awns protruding from each flower.

The fruit is a tiny, yellowish grain containing a single seed.

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