rice cut grass, more...
[Leersia oryzoides f. glabra (L.) Sw., more]
Etymology: Leersia: for Johann Daniel Leers, 18th century German botanist
Plants: sprawling perennial, 2-5' tall, semi-aquatic, emergent grass; thin rootstalk
Leaves: narrow, rough cutting edges with stiff spines
Flowers: lemma has stiff hairs, spikelets on branch ends and in upper leaf sheath
Fruits: thin spreading flat spiklets in 3-8 clusters
Habitat: wet; marshes, wet meadows, shores, swales
Conservation Status: Native
Flora of North America: Flora of North America Floristic Rating: Coefficient of Conservatism = 3, Wetland Indicator = OBL USDA Plants Database: Federal Distribution and detailed information including photos Grasses of Iowa: Detailed photographs, descriptions, maps USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS): Images of seeds, fruits, embryos, etc.