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Common fingergrass, Pinewoods fingergrass
Eustachys petraea
Poaceae
 

Copyright by: James Johnson, 2014
In habitat, Hillsboro Pineland Natural Area, Broward County, Florida
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General Landscape Uses: Not recommended for general landscape use. It can be incorporated into habitat restorations but it can be very aggressive, recruiting readily from seed and growing very quickly.

Availability: Occasionally grown by enthusiasts.

Description: Medium herbaceous grass.

Dimensions: 1-2 feet; to 3 feet when in flower.

Growth Rate: Fast.

Range: Southeastern United States, the West Indies, Mexico and Central America.

Map of select IRC data from peninsular Florida.

Habitats: A wide variety of sunny upland or seasonally innundated ecosystems.

Soils: Moist to wet, moderately well-drained sandy or limestone soils, without humus.

Nutritional Requirements: Low; it grows in nutrient poor soils.

Salt Water Tolerance: Moderate; tolerates brackish water or occasional inundation by salt water.

Salt Wind Tolerance: Secondary line; tolerates significant salt wind without injury, but usually is somewhat protected.

Drought Tolerance: High; does not require any supplemental water once established.

Light Requirements: Full sun.

Flower Color: Brownish inflorescence.

Flower Characteristics: Semi-showy inflorescence.

Flowering Season: All year.

Fruit: Inconspicuous caryopsis.

Horticultural Notes: Can easily be grown from seed.


Copyright by: James Johnson, 2014
In habitat, Hillsboro Pineland Natural Area, Broward County, Florida
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Copyright by: Shirley Denton

Copyright by: James Johnson, 2014
In habitat, Everglades National Park, Florida

Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley

Copyright by: Keith A. Bradley

Copyright by: Shirley Denton


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