Eustachys floridana

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Common name: twospike fingergrass [1], Florida fingergrass [2]

Eustachys floridana
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta - Flowering plants
Class: Liliopsida - Moncots
Order: Poales
Family: Poaceae
Genus: Eustachys
Species: E. floridana
Binomial name
Eustachys floridana
Natural range of Eustachys floridana from USDA NRCS Plants Database.

Taxonomic Notes

Synonyms: Chloris floridana (Chapman) Wood

Varieties: none


E. floridana is a perennial graminoid of the Poaceae family native to North America. [1]


E. floridana is found in Alabama, Georgia, and Florida. [1]



E. floridana proliferates in sandhills and pine flatwoods [2], as well as pine rocklands and marl prairies [3] Specimens have been collected from open oak woods, open longleaf sandhill, flatwoods, and wiregrass sandhill communities. [4]


E. floridana is a perennial herb to 1 m tall; raceme rachis wingless, triangular, fertile lemma pale or gray. [3]

Seed dispersal

This species is thought to be dispersed by wind. [5]

Conservation and Management

Cultivation and restoration

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References and notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 USDA Plant Database
  2. 2.0 2.1 Weakley, A. S. (2015). Flora of the Southern and Mid-Atlantic States. Chapel Hill, NC, University of North Carolina Herbarium.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Coile, N. C. (2000). Notes on Florida �s Regulated Plant Index (Rule 5B-40), Botany Contribution No. 38, 3nd edition. Gainesville, Florida, Florida Deaprtment of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Division of Plant Industry.
  4. URL: Last accessed: June 2018. Collectors: R. Kral, Loran C. Anderson, H. Kurz, R.K. Godfrey, J. P. Gillespie, R.E. Perdue, Richard Carter, W.W. Baker. States and counties: Florida (Wakulla, Madison, Leon, Suwannee) Georgia (Thomas, Baker)
  5. Kirkman, L. Katherine. Unpublished database of seed dispersal mode of plants found in Coastal Plain longleaf pine-grasslands of the Jones Ecological Research Center, Georgia.