Tufts have just a few stems. Stems are erect with smooth, dark nodes. The leaves are short, crowded at the base, and often wavy or curling. There are six to eight spikes attached to each seed stem. Spikes have woolly bases and are bell shaped. (The old name for this plant was bell grama.) Each spike holds three to five seeds.
Texas grama is a perennial, warm-season, native – 5 to 12 inches tall.
Poor grazing for livestock and wildlife.
Grows on dry plains and rocky hills. Increases on overgrazed rangeland.
Stem Texture: Hairless/Smooth
Growth Habit: Bunch grass, Grasses
Distribution : 02 - Gulf Prairies and Marshes, 03 - Post Oak Savannah, 04 - Blackland Prairies, 05 - Cross Timbers and Prairies, 06 - South Texas Plains, 07 - Edwards Plateau, 08 - Rolling Plains, 09 - High Plains, 10 - Trans-Pecos
Distribution refers to the ecological region in Texas that a plant has been found. You can also view a clickable map.
Book: Know Your Grasses (B-182)