Buchloe dactyloides (Nutt.) Engelm.

Buffalo Grass


CC = 5
CW = 3
MOC = 3

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Family - Poaceae/Cynodonteae

Stems - No info yet.

Leaves - No info yet.

Buchloe_dactyloides_leaf_base.jpg Sheath and leaf base.

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Buchloe_dactyloides_ligule.jpg Arrow shows ligule.

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Inflorescence - No info yet.

Buchloe_dactyloides_inflorescence.jpg Staminate inflorescence.

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Buchloe_dactyloides_pistillate_inflorescence.jpg Pistillate inflorescence.

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Flowers - No info yet.

Buchloe_dactyloides_spikelet.jpg Staminate spikelets...

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Buchloe_dactyloides_spikelet2.jpg ...again.

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Buchloe_dactyloides_pistillate_spikelets.jpg Pistillate spikelets.

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Flowering - May - August.

Habitat - Loess hill prairies, roadsides, railroads. Also cultivated as a lawn grass.

Origin - Native to U.S.

Other info. - This little species is rare in Missouri and can be found in just a handful of counties bordering the Missouri River. The plant is easy to identify becasue of its small size and distinctive staminate spikes. The pistillate spikes are small and mostly hidden amongst the leaves. Although the leaf sheaths appear quite hairy in the photos above, they can also be glabrous. The ligule is a short line of hairs.
Buchloe dactyloides is becoming more common in cultivation as a lawn grass becasue of its fine, soft texture and low-growing habit. The plant is also drought resistant.

Photographs taken off Hwy 4, Beatrice, NE., 8-15-06, and at Tall Grass Prairie National Preserve, KS., 9-23-06.