Elymus hystrix L.

Bottlebrush Grass


CC = 4
CW = 3
MOC = 60

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Family - Poaceae/Triticeae

Stems - No info. yet.

Leaves - No info. yet.

Elymus_hystrix_node.jpg Node and leaf auricle.

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Elymus_hystrix_ligule.jpg Ligule.

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Inflorescence - No info. yet.


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Flowers - No info. yet.

Elymus_hystrix_spikelets.jpg Spikelets.

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Flowering - June - August.

Habitat - Bottoms, mesic to dry upland forests, glade margins, upland prairies, bluff ledges, streambanks, disturbed sites.

Origin - Native to the U.S.

Other info. - This attractive species can be found throughout Missouri. The plant is easy to identify because of its big inflorescence which has the spikelets at 90 degrees to the rachis (resembling a bottlebrush). The plant is quite showy and is starting to appear in cultivation. It requires no care once established.

A synonym is Hystrix patula Moench.

Photographs taken at the Shut-In Mountain Fen, Shannon County, MO., 6-21-03.