Steinchisma hians

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Steinchisma hians
Steinchisma hians 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: Steinchisma
Species: S. hians
Binomial name
Steinchisma hians
(Elliott) Nash
Natural range of Steinchisma hians from USDA NRCS Plants Database.

Common Name(s): gaping panic grass;[1] gaping grass[2]

Taxonomic Notes

Synonym(s): Panicum hians Elliott


Steinchisma hians" is a monoecious perennial graminoid.[2]


S. hians is found from southeastern Virginia, south to Florida, west to Texas and Oklahoma, and south through Mexico and central America to Colombia. It is also found in southern South America.[1]



This species is found along the shores of streams, ponds, and lakes, as well as in low woods, cypress-gum ponds, floodplains, marshes, ditches, and seepage slopes.[1]


Flowering occurs from May through October.[1]

Use by animals

This grass is considered one of the top forage grasses in Louisiana woodlands.[3]

Conservation and Management

Cultivation and restoration

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References and notes

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 Weakley AS (2015) Flora of the Southern and Mid-Atlantic States. Chapel Hill, NC: University of North Carolina Herbarium.
  2. 2.0 2.1 USDA NRCS (2016) The PLANTS Database (, 16 January 2018). National Plant Data Team, Greensboro, NC 27401-4901 USA.
  3. Shiflet TN (1963) A conservation program for grazing woodlands in the southeast. Journal of Range Management 16(1):18-21.