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Bouteloua barbata

Bouteloua barbata Lag.

Sixweeks Grama

Poaceae (Grass Family)

Synonym(s): Bouteloua arenosa, Bouteloua barbata var. barbata, Chondrosum barbata, Chondrosum exile, Chondrosum microstachyum, Chondrosum polystachyum, Chondrosum subscorpioides

USDA Symbol: BOBA2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Root Type: Fibrous
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Venation: Parallel
Fruit Type: Caryopsis
Size Notes: Up to about 30 inches tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Green , Brown
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep
Bloom Notes: The florets (flowers) of grasses are usually minute and thus inconspicuous.


USA: AZ , CA , CO , KS , MD , MT , NM , NV , OK , OR , TX , UT

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Sibley Nature Center - Midland, TX

Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2023-06-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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