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Sideoats grama

Bouteloua curtipendula var. curtipendula

Poaceae


Description

Stems grow from strong, scaly rhizomes. Hairs grow out of small, bulb-like spots on the edges of leaf blades. The inflorescence has a zig-zag rachis with many (20 to 50) spikelets twisting around on one side when ripe. Seeds resemble oats. Grows on a variety of sites. Matures seed in spring and fall. Decreases with heavy grazing. In 1971 sideoats grama was named the State Grass of Texas.

Sideoats grama is a perennial, warm-season, native – 12 to 42 inches tall.

Good grazing for both livestock and wildlife.


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