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Aristida stricta

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Aristida stricta
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Monocots
Clade: Commelinids
Order: Poales
Family: Poaceae
Genus: Aristida
A. stricta
Binomial name
Aristida stricta

Aristida stricta is a warm-season grass, native to North America, that dominates understory vegetation in sandhills and flatwoods coastal plain ecosystems of the Carolinas in the Southeastern United States.[1][2] It is known as wiregrass (due to its texture) and pineland three-awn grass.

Its common name, wiregrass, gave rise to the naming of the Wiregrass Region in which it is located.

This is a fast-growing species that regenerates quickly after fires. The plant depends on regular summer burning in order to stimulate flowering and seed production.[3]


  1. ^ Peet, Robert K. (1993). "A Taxonomic Study of Aristida Stricta and a. Beyrichiana". Rhodora. 95 (881): 25–37. ISSN 0035-4902.
  2. ^ Fill, Jennifer M.; Moule, Brett M.; Varner, J. Morgan; Mousseau, Timothy A. (March 2016). "Flammability of the keystone savanna bunchgrass Aristida stricta". Plant Ecology. 217 (3): 331–342. doi:10.1007/s11258-016-0574-0. hdl:10919/97893. ISSN 1385-0237.
  3. ^ Outcalt, Kenneth W.; Williams, Marcus E.; Onokpise, Oghenekome (1999). "Restoring Aristida stricta to Pinus palustris Ecosystems on the Atlantic Coastal Plain, U.S.A." Restoration Ecology. 7 (3): 262–270. doi:10.1046/j.1526-100X.1999.72019.x. ISSN 1061-2971.

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