Schizachne purpurascens

Family (Traditional)Poaceae
Species:Schizachne purpurascens (Torr.) Swallen
Common NameFalse Melic
Growth Habitgraminoid
Plant Notes**
CharacteristicsArmaments: No; Milky Sap: No; Photosynthetic: Yes; Stipules: No; Woody Herbaceous: Herbaceous; Duration: Perennial; General Ecology: Terrestrial; Growth Habit: graminoid; Region of Origin: North America; Reproductive Phenology: May; Reproductive Phenology: June; Reproductive Phenology: July; Leaf Arrangement: alternate; Leaf Arrangement: basal; Leaf Complexity: simple; Leaf Dissection: 0; Leaf Persistance: Deciduous; Leaf Petiole Type: sessile; Leaf Type: grass-like; Leaf Venation: parallel; Leaflet Margins: entire; Leaflet Number: 0; Base Flower Color: Brown (incl. Maroon); Base Flower Color: Green; Fruit Dehiscence: No; Fruit Type: Caryopsis; Fruit Type: Grain; Fruit Wet/Dry: Dry; Hypanthium Present: No; Ovary Position: Superior; Overall Flower Symmetry: N/A; Perianth Present: No; Placentation Type: Parietal; Placentation Type: Basal; Sexuality: monoclinous; Sporangium Arrangement: N/A
C value 8
StatusNative; AGCP (FACU), EMP (FACU) (NWPL); KY[S2] (State Rank); G5 (Global Rank)
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Species Distribution Map

This species has been reported in the counties highlighted in the interactive distribution map below. Click on a county to display the its name. Click the question mark icon () to view additional information about the ecoregions shown. In the map legend, there are links to toggle the visibility of the ecoregions and/or their labels. In addition, clicking on an ecoregion name will highlight that region on the map.

  • State Boundaries
  • Counties
  • Counties - Species Present
  • Southeastern Plains
    • Blackland Prarie
  • Blue Ridge Mountains
  • Ridge and Valley
  • Cumberland Plateau
  • Cumberland Mountains
  • Allegheny Plateau
  • Interior Plateau
    • Bluegrass Region
    • Nashville Basin
    • Pennyroyal Karst Plain
    • Western Highland Rim
    • Eastern Highland Rim


SynonymFull Citation
Avena striata Avena striata
Avena striata f. albicans Avena striata f. albicans Fernald
Avena torreyi Avena torreyi Nash
Bromelica striata Bromelica striata (Hitchc.) Farw.
Melica purpurascens Melica purpurascens Hitchcock
Melica striata Melica striata
Melica striata f. albicans Melica striata f. albicans (Fernald) Fernald
Schizachne purpurascens f. albicans Schizachne purpurascens f. albicans (Fernald) Fernald
Schizachne purpurascens f. purpurascens Schizachne purpurascens f. purpurascens (Torr.) Swallen
Schizachne purpurascens var. pubescens Schizachne purpurascens var. pubescens Dore
Schizachne striata Schizachne striata (Hitchc.) Hultén
Schizachne stricta Schizachne stricta
Trisetum purpurascens Trisetum purpurascens Torr.

Specimens and Distribution

This species has been reported in the following counties by the herbaria listed. An overview of the individual specimens are provided in the table that follows. Click on the accession number to view details; click on column headers to sort.

Counties included on distribution map: Garrard (KY), Jessamine (KY)

Herbaria represented by specimen data listed below: APSC

Range of years during which specimens were collected: -

Accession No. (click for full details) County State Coll. Date Collector &
Collection No.
Herbarium &
Herbarium Name Used
APSC0088636 Garrard Kentucky
Schizachne purpurascens
APSC0117418 Jessamine Kentucky
Schizachne purpurascens
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