Bouteloua curtipendula (Michx.) Torr.  - Side-oats Grama


 

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Bouteloua curtipendula - (image 1 of 5)

 

Taxonomy

Family: Poaceae

Habitat

Characteristic of hill prairies. Also on sandy slopes and thin soil overlying limestone outcrops. Occurs in dry woods in the east.

Associates

Pasque flower is one of the more interesting associates, with which it occurs on hill prairies.

Distribution

ME west to MT, south to AL, CA, and Central and South America.

Morphology

Perennial grass to 1 m from short rhizomes. Leaf blades 2-7mm wide, scabrous on the margins; sheaths smooth; ligule a band of short hairs. Inflorescence erect; spikes 40-70, often nodding, 8-15, along one side of the inflorescence, falling entire; 3-7 spikelets.

Notes

Flowers early June to early October

Wetland Indicator: Upland.

Good forage.

References

Gleason, Henry A. and A. Cronquist. 1991. Manual of Vascular Plants of Northeastern United States and Adjacent Canada. Second Ed.
The New York Botanical Garden. Bronx, NY

 

Swink, F. and G. Wilhelm. 1994. Plants of the Chicago Region.
Indiana Academy of Science. The Morton Arboretum. Lisle, Illinois

 


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