Andropogon gerardi Vitman - Big Bluestem
Family - Poaceae
Stems - No info. yet.
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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.