Bothriochloa laguroides (DC.) Herter - Silver Bluestem

Bothriochloa laguroides plant

Family - Poaceae

Stems - No info yet.

Bothriochloa laguroides nodeNode of stem.

Leaves - No info yet.

Bothriochloa laguroides liguleArrow shows ligule.

Inflorescence - No info yet.

Bothriochloa laguroides inflorescence

Bothriochloa laguroides inflorescence

Flowers - No info yet.

Bothriochloa laguroides spikeletFertile and sterile spikelets.

Flowering - July - October.

Habitat - Upland prairies, glades, dry bluff ledges, railroads, roadsides.

Origin - Native to U.S., Mexico, South America.

Other info. - This species can be found in the southern half of Missouri. The plant can be identified by its big ligule, hairy stem nodes, and silvery inflorescences. The hairs of the inflorescence are long and silky.
Steyermark stated that this species is native in southwestern Missouri but is introduced in other areas of the state. It is a common late season roadside grass.

Photographs taken at Tall Grass Prairie National Preserve, KS., 9-27-06.


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