Coleataenia tenera

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Coleataenia tenera
Pani tene-Cole tene.jpg
Panicum tenerum in photo above, a synonym of Coleataenia tenera Photo by Arnaud Roux, Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta - Flowering plants
Class: Liliopsida – Monocotyledons
Order: Cyperales
Family: Poaceae ⁄ Gramineae
Genus: Coleataenia
Species: C. tenera
Binomial name
Coleataenia tenera
Bey. ex Trin.
PANI TENE dist.jpg
Natural range of Coleataenia tenera from USDA NRCS Plants Database.

Common names: bluejoint panicgrass, southeastern panic grass

Taxonomic notes

Synonyms: Sorengia tenera (Beyrich ex Trinius) Zuloaga & Morrone; Panicum tenerum Beyrich ex Trinius[1]

Varieties: none[1]


This species grows abundantly where it is found.[2]




This species can be found in shallow depression ponds, pine flatwoods, wet prairies, bogs, swamps, marshes, and savannas. It has been observed in open areas growing in moist to drying sandy peat and loamy sands.[2] C. tenera is a dominant species that has been found in short-hydroperiod prairies occurring in Everglades National Park as well.[3] This species has also been found growing in human disturbed habitats such as pine plantations, clear cut pine flatwoods, along roadsides, disturbed cypress lowlands, and cutover ponds.[2]


This species has been observed to flower and fruit from June through November.[2]

Conservation, cultivation, and restoration

Cultural use

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References and notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 Weakley, A.S. 2020. Flora of the Southeastern United States. Edition of 20 October 2020. University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 Florida State University Robert K. Godfrey Herbarium database. URL: Last accessed: June 2014. Collectors: Loran C. Anderson, R.K. Godfrey, R. Kral, H. Kurz, Cecil R Slaughter, Sidney McDaniel, George R. Cooley, R. J. Eaton, Olga Lakela, Allen G. Shuey, Steve L. Orzell, Edwin L. Bridges, R. A. Norris, and A. F. Clewell. States and Counties: Florida: Bay, Brevard, Calhoun, Charlotte, Collier, Franklin, Gulf, Indian River, Manatee, Martin, Okaloosa, Osceola, Palm Beach, Polk, and Wakulla. Countries: Honduras.
  3. Slocum, M. G., W. J. Platt, et al. (2003). "Effects of differences in prescribed fire regimes on patchiness and intensity of fires in subtropical savannas of Everglades National Park, Florida." Restoration Ecology 11: 91-102