Leersia hexandra

Family (Traditional)Poaceae
Species:Leersia hexandra Sw.
Common NameSouthern Cutgrass
Growth Habitgraminoid
Plant Notes**
CharacteristicsArmaments: No; Milky Sap: No; Photosynthetic: Yes; Stipules: No; Woody Herbaceous: Herbaceous; Natural Area Presence: RCSP; Duration: Perennial; General Ecology: Mudflat; General Ecology: Terrestrial; Growth Habit: graminoid; Moisture Requirements: Hydric; Moisture Requirements: Wetland; Region of Origin: North America; Reproductive Phenology: April; Reproductive Phenology: May; Reproductive Phenology: June; Reproductive Phenology: July; Reproductive Phenology: August; Reproductive Phenology: September; Reproductive Phenology: October; Reproductive Phenology: November; 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; Sporangium Arrangement: N/A
C value 10
StatusNative; AGCP (OBL), EMP (OBL) (NWPL); TN[SNR] (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
Homalocenchrus angustifolius Homalocenchrus angustifolius Kuntze
Homalocenchrus gouinii Homalocenchrus gouinii (E. Fourn.) Kuntze
Homalocenchrus hexandrus Homalocenchrus hexandrus (Sw.) Kuntze
Hygroryza ciliata Hygroryza ciliata (Retz.) Nees ex Steud.
Leersia abyssinica Leersia abyssinica Hochst. ex A. Rich.
Leersia aegyptiaca Leersia aegyptiaca Fig. & De Not.
Leersia angustifolia Leersia angustifolia Munro ex Prod.
Leersia australis Leersia australis R. Br.
Leersia capensis Leersia capensis Müll. Hal.
Leersia ciliaris Leersia ciliaris Griff.
Leersia ciliata Leersia ciliata (Retz.) Roxb.
Leersia contracta Leersia contracta Nees
Leersia dubia Leersia dubia F. Aresch.
Leersia elongata Leersia elongata Willd. ex Trin.
Leersia glaberrima Leersia glaberrima Trin.
Leersia gouinii Leersia gouinii E. Fourn.
Leersia gracilis Leersia gracilis Willd. ex Trin.
Leersia hexandra subsp. grandiflora Leersia hexandra subsp. grandiflora (Döll) Roseng., B.R. Arrill. & Izag.
Leersia luzonensis Leersia luzonensis J. Presl
Leersia mauritanica Leersia mauritanica Salzm. ex Trin.
Leersia mexicana Leersia mexicana Kunth
Leersia parviflora Leersia parviflora Desv.
Oryza australis Oryza australis A. Braun ex Schweinf.
Oryza hexandra Oryza hexandra (Sw.) Döll
Oryza hexandra var. grandiflora Oryza hexandra var. grandiflora Döll
Oryza hexandra var. hexandra Oryza hexandra var. hexandra (Sw.) Döll
Oryza mexicana Oryza mexicana (Kunth) Döll
Pharus ciliatus Pharus ciliatus Retz.

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: Coffee (TN), Franklin (TN), Grundy (TN), Hamilton (TN), Lake (TN), Obion (TN), Warren (TN)

Herbaria represented by specimen data listed below: APSC, BOON, EKY, TENN, UCHT, UOS

Range of years during which specimens were collected: 1972 - 1996

Accession No. (click for full details) County State Coll. Date Collector &
Collection No.
Herbarium &
Herbarium Name Used
TENN-V-0024811 Coffee Tennessee
Leersia hexandra
UCHT002338 Hamilton Tennessee
Leersia hexandra
TENN-V-0024813 Warren Tennessee
Leersia hexandra
TENN-V-0024812 Grundy Tennessee
Leersia hexandra
APSC0112369 Coffee Tennessee
Leersia hexandra
APSC0096496 Coffee Tennessee
Leersia hexandra
31234100129707 Lake Tennessee 06 Oct 1972 Elizabeth M. Browne
Leersia hexandra
TENN-V-0024808 Coffee Tennessee
Leersia hexandra
009186 Lake Tennessee
Leersia hexandra
APSC0100953 Franklin Tennessee
Leersia hexandra
TENN-V-0024810 Coffee Tennessee
Leersia hexandra
TENN-V-0024807 Obion Tennessee
Leersia hexandra
APSC0072095 Coffee Tennessee
Leersia hexandra
UOS07985 Coffee Tennessee 17 Jul 1996 Douglas E. Kennemore, Jr.
Leersia hexandra
TENN-V-0245334 Coffee Tennessee
Leersia hexandra
TENN-V-0244141 Coffee Tennessee
Leersia hexandra
TENN-V-0024809 Coffee Tennessee
Leersia hexandra
APSC0107034 Coffee Tennessee
Leersia hexandra
APSC0096495 Coffee Tennessee
Leersia hexandra
APSC0100975 Franklin Tennessee
Leersia hexandra
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