Schizachyrium sanguineum

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Schizachyrium sanguineum
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Photo and permission by Sue Carnahan SEINet Arizona – New Mexico Chapter
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class: Liliopsida – Monocotyledons
Order: Cyperales
Family: Poaceae ⁄ Gramineae
Genus: Schizachyrium
Species: S. sanguineum
Binomial name
Schizachyrium sanguineum
(Retz.) Alston
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Natural range of Schizachyrium sanguineum from USDA NRCS Plants Database.

Common name: Crimson bluestem

Taxonomic notes

Synonyms: Andropogon hirtiflorus (Nees) Kunth

Varieties: Schizachyrium sanguineum var. brevipedicellatum (Beal) Hatch





In the Coastal Plain in Florida, S. sanguineaum can be found in wet hammocks, pine flatwoods on limerocks, scrub oak barrens, sandy old fields, turkey oak sand ridges, longleaf pine-deciduous scrub oak forests, and pine-scrub oak sand ridges.[1] It can be found in reddish sandy soils.[1]

Associated species include Pityopsis adenolepis, Cladonia, Warea, Crotonopsis, Lechea, Paronychia, Pityopsis aspera, Eupatorium pinnatifidum, Gnaphalium obtusifolium, Diodia teres, centipede grass and bahia grass.[1]


It has been recorded to flower August through November.[1]

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References and notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Florida State University Robert K. Godfrey Herbarium database. URL: Last accessed: July 2015. Collectors: R.K. Godfrey, Loran C. Anderson, John B. Nelson, Rhonda Riggins, Sidney McDaniel, R. Kral, D. B. Ward, J. Hunter, F. S. Ward, J. P. Gillespie. States and Counties: Florida: Calhoun, Dade, Escambia, Gilchrist, Lake, Leon, Liberty, Madison, Monroe, Okaloosa, Wakulla, Walton, Washington. Compiled by Tall Timbers Research Station and Land Conservancy.