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Strickland, Sam C.
Leptochloa dubia (Kunth) Nees
Poaceae (Grass Family)
Synonym(s): Chloris dubia, Diplachne dubia
USDA Symbol: LEDU
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
Green sprangletop is a 2-3 ft., fast-growing, bluish-green bunchgrass with wiry stems. The terminal inflorescences are up to 6 in. long with spreading or ascending branches and florets which spread open widely at maturity.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov
, TX Native Distribution:
S. FL; OK
s. through Mexico Native Habitat:
Dry, open plateaus & hills; alluvial areas; hammocks
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
CaCO3 Tolerance: High
Soil Description: Rocky or sandy soils. Sandy, Sandy Loam Medium Loam, Clay Loam, Clay
Conditions Comments: Green sprangletop behaves as a pioneer species so it is often used in seed mixtures for a quick ground cover while other species have time to establish. Useful for some reclamation projects. Intolerant of poorly drained soils or high water tables.
PropagationDescription: Not Available
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)
is a larval host and/or nectar source for:
Herbarium Specimen(s)NPSOT 0980
Collected Nov 4, 1994 in Bexar County by Mike Fox
Wildflower Center Seed BankLBJWC-60
Collected 2006-11-08 in Travis County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Record Last Modified: 2010-08-09
Research By: TWC Staff