Texas grama

Bouteloua regidiseta

Poaceae


Description

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.


Habitat

Grows on dry plains and rocky hills. Increases on overgrazed rangeland.


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