Wild Florida Photo - Ctenium aromaticum

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Ctenium aromaticum


Florida native


An occasional grass of wet flatwoods and bogs throughout much of the panhandle and down the Florida peninsula, more in the central and eastern counties. The range includes the southeastern coastal states from Louisiana into Virginia, plus New Jersey.
The culms are erect to over a meter (~ 3 ft.) tall with the inflorescence typically a single spike up to 15 cm (6 in.) long appearing in spring and summer. The spikelets are sessile, pubescent, up to 11 mm (15/32 in.) long and are set in two closely spaced rows. Leaves are up to 46 cm (18 in.) long and 5mm (0.2 in.) wide. The narrow blades are dark green and scabrous above, paler and glabrous on the underside.

Ctenium aromaticum is a member of the Poaceae - Grass family.