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Coefficient of Wetness:
A. A. Reznicek
Dry open forests (jack pine, oak, etc.), prairies, and moist shores, even sometimes in marshy places; apparently spreading somewhat in disturbed ground, as along roadsides and railroads.
A tall handsome grass with golden panicle in late summer. In lacking even a rudimentary pediceled spikelet, it resembles Andropogon virginicus, from which it conspicuously differs in the larger sessile (fertile) spikelet (twice as long as in A. virginicus) and long cartilaginous ligule ± continuous with elongate auricles. Mature disintegrating panicles may seem to have spikelets with two sterile hairy pedicels; one is the true sterile pedicel and the other is the very similar internode of the panicle itself, from which the next sessile spikelet and sterile pedicel above have disarticulated.