Bouteloua curtipendula (Michx.) Torr.
Family - Poaceae
Stems - No info yet.
Leaves - No info yet.
Arrow shows ligule.
Inflorescence - No info yet.
Flowers - No info yet.
Flowering - July - September.
Habitat - Glades, upland prairies, savannas, rocky openings of forests, roadsides, railroads. On calcareous soils.
Origin - Native to U.S. and Latin America.
Other info. - This species can be found throughout much of Missouri but is apparently absent in the bootheel portion of the state. The plant can be easily identified while in flower becasue of its pendulous spikelets. The pustular bases of the hairs at the base of the leaf blade are another good characteristic to look for.
Photographs taken at near Big Spring, Carter County, MO., 7-26-04.