Buchloe dactyloides (Nutt.) Engelm.

Buffalo Grass

Buchloe dactyloides plant

Family - Poaceae

Stems - No info yet.

Leaves - No info yet.

Buchloe dactyloides leaf baseSheath and leaf base.

Buchloe dactyloides liguleArrow shows ligule.

Inflorescence - No info yet.

Buchloe dactyloides inflorescenceStaminate inflorescence.

Buchloe dactyloides inflorescencePistillate inflorescence.

Flowers - No info yet.

Buchloe dactyloides spikeletsStaminate spikelets...

Buchloe dactyloides spikelets...again.

Buchloe dactyloides pistillate spikesPistillate spikelets.

Flowering - May - August.

Habitat - Loess hill prairies, roadsides, railroads. Also cultivated as a lawn grass.

Origin - Native to U.S.

Other info. - This little species is rare in Missouri and can be found in just a handful of counties bordering the Missouri River. The plant is easy to identify becasue of its small size and distinctive staminate spikes. The pistillate spikes are small and mostly hidden amongst the leaves. Although the leaf sheaths appear quite hairy in the photos above, they can also be glabrous. The ligule is a short line of hairs.
Buchloe dactyloides is becoming more common in cultivation as a lawn grass becasue of its fine, soft texture and low-growing habit. The plant is also drought resistant.

Photographs taken off Hwy 4, Beatrice, NE., 8-15-06, and at Tall Grass Prairie National Preserve, KS., 9-23-06.