Andropogon gerardi Vitman - Big Bluestem

Andropogon gerardii plant

Family - Poaceae

Stems - No info. yet.

Andropogon gerardii NodeNode.

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Andropogon gerardii leaf base

Andropogon gerardii leaf base

Andropogon gerardii liguleLigule.

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Andropogon gerardii flowers

Flowering - June - September.

Habitat - Prairies, glades, open rocky woods, railroads.

Origin - Native to U.S.

Other info. - This large species can be found throughout most of Missouri but is absent in the extreme southeastern corner of the state. This is a common grass in the habitats mentioned above. The blue glaucous coating on the stems and bluish color of the leaves give the plant its common name - "Big Bluestem."

Photographs taken in the Ozark Scenic Riverways, Shannon County, MO., 8-29-03, and at the Sunklands Conservation Area, Shannon County, MO., 7-26-04.


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