Sacciolepis striata

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Common names: American Cupscale [1]

Sacciolepis striata
Sacciolepis striata SEF.jpg
Photo by John Gwaltney hosted at Southeastern
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta - Flowering plants
Class: Liliopsida - Moncots
Order: Poales
Family: Poaceae
Genus: Sacciolepis
Species: S. striata
Binomial name
Sacciolepis striata
(L.) Nash
Natural range of Sacciolepis striata from USDA NRCS Plants Database.

Taxonomic Notes

Synonym: none

Variety: none


S. striata is a perennial graminoid of the Poaceae family that is native to North America.[1]


S. striata is found in the southeastern United States as far west as Texas and as far north as Maine.[1]



Habitats that S. striata is found include marshes, interdune swales, ditches, and swamps.[2] Specimens have been collected from disturbed sandy areas, marshes, edge of dam, edge of lake, open area with palms, salt marsh, disturbed sandy pat of abandoned fields, clearing of pine flatwoods, and cypress gum swamp.[3]

Soils that are habitable for S. striata are medium to fine in texture.[1]

The grass has a medium tolerance for drought and is intolerant of shade.[1]


S. striata has been observed to flower in July and October.[4]

Seed bank and germination

Seeds will begin to germinate in summer and through the fall.[1]

Fire ecology

The species was originally thought to have no tolerance for fire;[1] however, populations of Sacciolepis striata have been known to persist through repeated annual burning.[5]

Conservation, cultivation, and restoration

Cultural use

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References and notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 USDA Plant Database
  2. Weakley, A. S. (2015). Flora of the Southern and Mid-Atlantic States. Chapel Hill, NC, University of North Carolina Herbarium.
  3. URL: Last accessed: June 2018. Collectors: L.C. Anderson, Lisa Keppner, Ed Keppner, Roy Komarek, R.K. Godfrey, D.B. Ward, S.S. Ward, R.E. Perdue Jr., R. Kral, Richard Mitchell, A.F> Clewell, Cecil Slaughter, M. Minno, Gary Knight, A.H. Curtiss, J. P. Gillespie, P.L. Redfearn, Andre Clewell, O. Lakela, Jean Wooten, R.A. Norris, R.F. Doren, J.M. Kane, Rodie White, Travis MacClendon, Karen MacClendon, Herbert Kessler, Tina, Kessler, M. Darst, R. Mattson, L. Peed. States and counties: Florida (Wakulla, Bay, Leon, Gadsden, Columbia, Manatee, St. Lucie, Lee, Palm Beach, Franklin, Collier, Putnam, Charlotte, Brevard, Flager, Jackson, Okaloosa, Madison, Taylor, Walton, Dixie, Nassau, Marion, Washington, Cilchrist, Gulf) Georgia (Thomas, Grady)
  4. Nelson, G. PanFlora: Plant data for the eastern United States with emphasis on the Southeastern Coastal Plains, Florida, and the Florida Panhandle. Accessed: 29 MAY 2018
  5. Platt, W.J., R. Carter, G. Nelson, W. Baker, S. Hermann, J. Kane, L. Anderson, M. Smith, K. Robertson. 2021. Unpublished species list of Wade Tract old-growth longleaf pine savanna, Thomasville, Georgia.