Scientific Note: Diarrhena obovata in the Potomac River Watershed: A New Invader?


Chris Lea

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June 2012


Diarrhena obovata,

Diarrhena obovata (Gleason) Brandenburg is a woodland grass primarily of the central United States in the Mississippi River drainage (Brandenburg et al. 1991). Isolated occurrences of D. obovata in the Appalachian and Piedmont regions of the mid-Atlantic states have been found in the last several decades, and the species is or has been considered to be a rare native species in Pennsylvania (Rhoads and Klein 1993); in West Virginia, Virginia, and New York (NatureServe 2011); and (as Diarrhena americana Beauv.) in Maryland (Maryland Natural Heritage Program 2003).

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