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Tridens albescens (Vasey) Woot. & Standl.
White tridens, White Top
Poaceae (Grass Family)
Synonym(s): Rhombolytrum albescens
USDA Symbol: tral2
USDA Native Status: L48 (N)
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
, 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.
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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June 03, 2008
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National Wetland Indicator Status
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
for map of regions.
Wildflower Center Seed BankLBJWC-205
Collected 2008-06-02 in Travis County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
Record Last Modified: 2010-04-18
Research By: TWC Staff, GAP