Leersia oryzoides (L.) Sw.
Family: Poaceae
rice cut grass, rice cutgrass
Leersia oryzoides image
Emmet J. Judziewicz  
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