Hordeum pusillum Nutt.
Poaceae (Grass Family)
Synonym(s): Critesion pusillum, Hordeum pusillum var. pubens
USDA Symbol: HOPU
Although now widespread in the United States, this relative of the cultivated Barley (H. vulgare) was probably originally native only in the southern states. In some areas it is extremely abundant, becoming especially conspicuous when the plants mature, which they do quickly, and turn brown; at that stage the spikes break up into short sections.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Apr , May
DistributionUSA: AL , AR , AZ , CA , CO , CT , DC , DE , FL , GA , IA , ID , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MS , MT , NC , ND , NE , NJ , NM , NV , NY , OH , OK , OR , PA , SC , SD , TN , TX , UT , VA , WA , WI , WY
Native Distribution: Throughout United States; also in Ontario and far western provinces.
Native Habitat: Roadsides, fields, and waste places, often in alkaline soil.
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium
BenefitUse Food: Seed consumed by indigenous peoples of eastern North American before the arrival of maize.
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Fredericksburg Nature Center - Fredericksburg, TX
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Austin, TX
Sibley Nature Center - Midland, TX
Stengl Biological Research Station - Smithville, TX
Herbarium Specimen(s)NPSOT 1025 Collected Apr 28, 1995 in Bexar County by Mike Fox
NPSOT 0299 Collected Apr 26, 1987 in Bexar County by Harry Cliffe
Wildflower Center Seed BankLBJWC-20 Collected 2006-05-08 in Travis County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
BibliographyBibref 1222 - Rivers of Change: Essays on Early Agriculture in Eastern North America (1992) Smith, Bruce D.
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Hordeum pusillum in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Hordeum pusillum in the Flora of North America (if available)
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MetadataRecord Modified: 2010-08-09
Research By: TWC Staff