Uniola paniculata

Sea Oats

  • Family: Poaceae
  • Form: An upright herbaceous, perennial, dune grass spread by underground rhizomes
  • Leaves: Simple, parallel, entire, thin, tapering into pointed tips; monocotyledonous
  • Stem/Bark: Culms are smooth, green to tan, and clumping, 2 to 3 feet high, rhizomatious
  • Flower: Tiny insignificant flowers on very showy narrow panicle
  • Fruit: One-seeded caryopsis; large flat seed head; straw colored spikelets with multiple florets
  • Comments: Sea Oats are very important in the stabilization of coastal dunes. Sea Oats can be easily distinguished from other native grasses by their characteristic panicle. They are a protected plant in Florida
  • Additional Resources: IFAS document (pdf)
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