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Strickland, Sam C.
Leptochloa dubia (Kunth) Nees
USDA Symbol: LEDU
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
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
AZ , FL , KS , MD , MO , NC , NM , OK , SC , TX Native Distribution:
S. FL; OK to AZ, s. through Mexico Native Habitat:
Dry, open plateaus & hills; alluvial areas; hammocks USDA Native Status: L48(N)
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.
Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)
is a larval host and/or nectar source for:
PropagationDescription: Not Available
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Not Available
Commercially Avail: yes
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
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Record Modified: 2010-08-09
Research By: TWC Staff