Spartina cynosuroides (L.) Roth

  • Authority

    Gleason, Henry A. & Cronquist, Arthur J. 1991. Manual of vascular plants of northeastern United States and adjacent Canada. lxxv + 910 pp.

  • Family


  • Scientific Name

    Spartina cynosuroides (L.) Roth

  • Description

    Species Description - Culms coarse and hard, 1–3 m, rhizomes stout, firm, elongate; main lvs 8–20 mm wide, cuttingly scabrous on the margins; panicle dense, 1–3 dm; spikes numerous, crowded, ascending, usually 3–7 cm, the projecting rachis not surpassing the uppermost spikelet; spikelets firm and harsh, closely imbricate, those on one side of the spike rarely over 3 mm apart; first glume linear, two-fifths to two-thirds as long as the lemma; second glume 10–15 mm, sharply acute to acuminate but not awned, scabrous on the keel, exceeding the obtuse lemma; 2n=28, 42, ca 80. Salt or brackish marshes along the coast; Mass. to Fla. and Tex.

  • Common Names

    big cord-grass