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Tridens albescens (Vasey) Woot. & Standl.
White tridens, White Top
USDA Symbol: TRAL2
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Plants: Tufted with culms from a hard, often knotty, rhizomatous base.
Culms: Mostly 30-90 cm. tall, glabrous or sparsely bearded.
Blades: Firm, glaucous, elongate or rather short, 1-4 mm. broad.
Spilelets: 4-10 mm. long, 4-11 flowered, mostly straw-colored but lemma tips usually purple.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Green
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct
KS , LA , NM , OK , TN , TX Native Distribution:
Texas, throughout except in the far east of state. Native Habitat:
In clay along roadsides, riparian areas and in swales throughout Texas. USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use:
Medium Light Requirement:
Part Shade Soil Moisture:
Moist Soil Description:
Clay loam, clay. Conditions Comments:
grass with white seed-heads. Best used in mixed wildflower plantings. Good forage for seed-eating birds.
BenefitUse Ornamental: Attractive, Wildflower meadow, Pocket prairie
Use Wildlife: Graze, Nesting material, Seeds-granivorous birds
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Larval Host: The Grass Family is an essential larval food for most branded skippers and most of the satyrs.
Deer Resistant: High
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Deer-resistant plants for steep hillside erosion control
June 03, 2008
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Wildflower Center Seed BankLBJWC-205
Collected 2008-06-02 in Travis County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
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Record Modified: 2010-04-18
Research By: TWC Staff, GAP