Schizachyrium scoparium var. scoparium

Family (Traditional)Poaceae
Species: Schizachyrium scoparium
Infraspecies:Schizachyrium scoparium (Michx.) Nash var. scoparium
Common NameLittle Bluestem
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: 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; Sexuality: monoclinous; Sporangium Arrangement: N/A
C value 7
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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
Andropogon praematurus Andropogon praematurus Fern.
Andropogon scoparius Andropogon scoparius Michx.
Andropogon scoparius var. ducis Andropogon scoparius var. ducis Fern. & Grisc.
Andropogon scoparius var. frequens Andropogon scoparius var. frequens F.T. Hubbard
Andropogon scoparius var. neomexicanus Andropogon scoparius var. neomexicanus (Nash) A.S. Hitchc.
Andropogon scoparius var. polycladus Andropogon scoparius var. polycladus Scribn. & Ball
Andropogon scoparius var. septentrionalis Andropogon scoparius var. septentrionalis Fern. & Grisc.
Andropogon scoparius var. virilis Andropogon scoparius var. virilis Shinners
Schizachyrium praematurum Schizachyrium praematurum (Fern.) C.F. Reed
Schizachyrium scoparium subsp. neomexicanum Schizachyrium scoparium subsp. neomexicanum (Nash) Gandhi & Smeins
Schizachyrium scoparium var. frequens Schizachyrium scoparium var. frequens (F.T. Hubbard) Gould
Schizachyrium scoparium var. neomexicanum Schizachyrium scoparium var. neomexicanum (Nash) Gould
Schizachyrium scoparium var. polycladum Schizachyrium scoparium var. polycladum (Scribn. & Ball) C.F. Reed

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: Bath (KY), Calloway (KY), Edmonson (KY), Livingston (KY), McCracken (KY), McCreary (KY), Rowan (KY), Todd (KY), Carter (TN), Davidson (TN), Fentress (TN), Overton (TN)

Herbaria represented by specimen data listed below: EKY, ETSU, MDKY, TENN, UCHT

Range of years during which specimens were collected: 1968 - 2013

Accession No. (click for full details) County State Coll. Date Collector &
Collection No.
Herbarium &
Herbarium Name Used
MDKY00004021 Todd Kentucky
Andropogon scoparius
MDKY00004016 Bath Kentucky
Andropogon scoparius
MDKY00004019 Rowan Kentucky
Andropogon scoparius
MDKY00004018 Bath Kentucky
Andropogon scoparius
TENN-V-0192579 Davidson Tennessee
Andropogon scoparius
TENN-V-0016455 McCracken Kentucky
Andropogon scoparius
TENN-V-0016454 Livingston Kentucky
Andropogon scoparius
UCHT006264 Overton Tennessee
Andropogon scoparius
TENN-V-0016460 Todd Kentucky
Andropogon scoparius
MDKY00004017 McCreary Kentucky
Andropogon scoparius
N/A McCracken Kentucky 09 Oct 1970 Raymond Athey
Andropogon scoparius
31234100155835 Edmonson Kentucky 15 Aug 1968 Harold W. Elmore
Andropogon scoparius
31234100155744 Fentress Tennessee 29 Jul 1987 Ronald L. Jones
Andropogon scoparius
N/A Todd Kentucky 20 Sep 1976 Raymond Athey
Andropogon scoparius
N/A Livingston Kentucky 06 Oct 1970 Raymond Athey
Andropogon scoparius
N/A Calloway Kentucky 18 Sep 1984 Raymond Athey
Andropogon scoparius
ETSU006897 Carter Tennessee 31 Aug 2013 Frosty Levy
Andropogon scoparius
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