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Achnatherum lobatum

Achnatherum lobatum (Swallen) Barkworth

Lobed Needlegrass, Littleawn Needlegrass

Poaceae (Grass Family)

Synonym(s): Stipa lobata

USDA Symbol: ACLO7

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

Cespitose perennial grass.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Fruit Type: Caryopsis
Size Notes: Up to about 3 feet tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Green
Bloom Time: Jul , Aug , Sep


Native Distribution: Texas to Arizona and adjacent northern Mexico.

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Drought Tolerance: High
Heat Tolerant: yes
Conditions Comments: Rocky, grassy, mountain slopes above 4500 ft elevation.

Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.

Additional resources

USDA: Find Achnatherum lobatum in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Achnatherum lobatum in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Achnatherum lobatum


Record Modified: 2022-09-28
Research By: Joseph A. Marcus

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