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Bothriochloa barbinodis (Pinhole bluestem)
Simpson, Benny

Bothriochloa barbinodis

Bothriochloa barbinodis (Lag.) Herter

Pinhole Bluestem, Cane Bluestem, Cane Beardgrass, Feather Bluestem, Plains Beardgrass

Poaceae (Grass Family)

Synonym(s): Andropogon barbinodis, Andropogon perforatus, Bothriochloa barbinodis var. palmeri, Bothriochloa barbinodis var. perforata, Bothriochloa palmeri

USDA Symbol: BOBA3

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), HI (I)


From the Image Gallery

4 photo(s) available in the Image Gallery

Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Root Type: Fibrous
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Venation: Parallel
Fruit Type: Achene , Caryopsis
Leaf: Green
Size Class: 3-6 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug


USA: AZ , CA , CO , FL , HI , NM , NV , OK , SC , TX , UT
Native Habitat: Prairie, Plains, Meadows, Pastures, Savannas

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Medium
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
CaCO3 Tolerance: High
Soil Description: Sandy, Sandy Loam, Medium Loam, Clay Loam, Clay

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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.

From the National Organizations Directory

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

Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department - Austin, TX
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR

Herbarium Specimen(s)

NPSOT 1042 Collected Jun 30, 1995 in Bexar County by Mike Fox

1 specimen(s) available in the Digital Herbarium


Bibref 841 - Native Alternatives to Invasive Plants (2006) Burrell, C. C.

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Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2019-09-10
Research By: TWC Staff

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