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Sporobolus heterolepis (A. Gray) A. Gray

Northern dropseed

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassLiliopsidaMonocots (plants with a single seed leaf); includes the lily family
SubclassCommelinidaeDayflowers and spiderworts, and several others
OrderCyperalesFlowering plants including grasses
FamilyPoaceaeGrasses (but not sedges or rushes)
GenusSporobolusFrom the Greek spora or sporos, “seed or spore,” and bolis or bolos, “a casting,” in the sense of throwing or dispersing seeds, also from boleo, “to throw”
Speciesheterolepis“Diversely scaled”

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Sporobolus heterolepis description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.

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Sporobolus heterolepis (northern dropseed)

5/22/2010 · Garden in the Woods, Framingham, Mass­a­chu­setts · ≈ 8 × 6″ (20 × 14 cm)

Sporobolus heterolepis (northern dropseed)

5/15/2010 · Garden in the Woods, Framingham, Mass­a­chu­setts · ≈ 1½ × 1′ (52 × 34 cm)


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