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Bothriochloa alta (Tall beardgrass)
Leander, Bruce

Bothriochloa alta

Bothriochloa alta (Hitchc.) Henr.

Tall Beardgrass

Poaceae (Grass Family)

Synonym(s): Andropogon altus

USDA Symbol: BOAL3

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Root Type: Fibrous
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Venation: Parallel
Leaf Margin: Entire
Inflorescence: Raceme
Fruit Type: Caryopsis
Size Notes: Up to about 8 feet tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Not Applicable
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug
Bloom Notes: The flowers (florets) of grasses are usually minute and therefore inconspicuous.


Native Habitat: High, dry, grassy plains.

Wildflower Center Seed Bank

LBJWC-1237 Collected 2008-10-26 in Jeff Davis County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

1 collection(s) available in the Wildflower Center Seed Bank


Bibref 293 - Manual of the Vascular Plants of Texas (1979) Correll, D. S. & M. C. Johnston

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Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2011-07-14
Research By: DEW

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