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Bouteloua aristidoides var. aristidoides

Bouteloua aristidoides (Kunth) Griseb. var. aristidoides

Needle Grama

Poaceae (Grass family)



USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Fruit Type: Caryopsis
Size Notes: Up to about 2 feet tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Green , Purple , Brown
Bloom Time: Jan , Feb , Mar , Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov , Dec


USA: AZ , CA , MD , NM , NV , TX , UT
Native Habitat: Dry mesas, plains, and washes from near sea level to about 6500 feet elevation.

Web Reference

Webref 30 - Calflora (2018) Calflora
Webref 32 - Grasses of Canada, the U.S., and Mexico - North America north of Mexico (all countries, provinces, states, territories) (2019) Open Herbarium (

Additional resources

USDA: Find Bouteloua aristidoides var. aristidoides in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Bouteloua aristidoides var. aristidoides in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Bouteloua aristidoides var. aristidoides


Record Modified: 0000-00-00
Research By: CBR

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