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6b. Fuirena simplex var. aristulata (Torrey) Kral, Sida. 7: 336. 1978.

Fuirena squarrosa Michaux var. aristulata Torrey, Ann. Lyceum Nat. Hist. New York 3: 291. 1836

Herbs usually annual, rarely taller than 30–40 cm; rhizomes mostly absent, when present very short. Culms tufted (more slender than in preceding variety). Leaves: principal blades 5–12 cm. Spikelets to 12, lance-ovoid or lanceoloid; fertile scales 2–3 mm. Flowers: anthers 1–3, 0.5–0.6 mm.

Fruiting summer–fall. Sand or clay, silt, of prairie swales, alluvial terraces, moist waste sites, pond and lakeshores; 0–500 m; Ark., Kans., La., Mo., Nebr., N.Mex., Okla., Tex.

Most North American material of var. simplex is cespitose, the rhizomes short. In such specimens the evident perennial habit and the longer anthers are more reliable characteristics.


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