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Bouteloua hirsuta var. pectinata

Bouteloua hirsuta Lag. var. pectinata (Featherly) Cory

Tall Grama, Hairy Grama

Poaceae (Grass Family)

Synonym(s): Bouteloua hirsuta ssp. pectinata, Bouteloua pectinata


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
Fruit Type: Caryopsis
Size Notes: Up to about 30 inches tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Green , Brown , Black
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov
Bloom Notes: At maturity the spikelet is black, usually visible to the unaided eye, and with long white whiskers.



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From the National Organizations Directory

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

Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Austin, 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 hirsuta var. pectinata in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Bouteloua hirsuta var. pectinata in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Bouteloua hirsuta var. pectinata


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

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