Bouteloua rigidiseta (Steud.) Hitchc.
Poaceae (Grass Family)
USDA Symbol: BORI
Tufted, slender, weak culms. Culms: numerous, 15-40 cm tall, densely clustered in small clumps. Blades: Narrow, flat, 4-12 cm long x 1-2 mm broad. Inflorescence: Wedge-shaped spikelets .8-1.6 mm long with 3-5 spreading spikelets.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Root Type: Fibrous
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Shape: Linear
Leaf Venation: Parallel
Fruit Type: Caryopsis
Size Notes: Up to about 16 inches tall.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Yellow , Green , Brown
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov
DistributionUSA: AR , MA , OK , TX
Native Distribution: Texas: Rio Grande Plains, Edwards Plateau, east Plains Country, south and western parts of east Texas and north-central Texas. General: Oklahoma south to northern Mexico.
Native Habitat: Hillsides, Slopes, Woodlands' edge, Openings, Prairies, Plains, Meadows, Pastures, Savannas, Roadsides
Growing ConditionsWater Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Sandy, Sandy Loam, Medium Loam, Clay Loam, Clay
Conditions Comments: Bunching, warm weather grass with a weak root system. Has spreading bell-shaped seeds that are purplish on the outside, drying to wheat color. Seeds are distributed along a spike above the leaves. Supplemental water is not required but will help to maintain the grass green through the summer. Texas Gamma has poor ecomonic value for wildlike and livestock.
BenefitUse Ornamental: Attractive, seed heads ornamental
Use Wildlife: Seeds - granivorous birds. Plants - poor grazing for livestock and wildlife.
Attracts: Birds , Butterflies
Larval Host: Branded skippers, Satyrs
Deer Resistant: High
PropagationPropagation Material: Seeds
Seed Treatment: No special pre-treatment.
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From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center - Austin, TX
Brackenridge Field Laboratory - Austin, TX
Patsy Glenn Refuge - Wimberley, TX
Stengl Biological Research Station - Smithville, TX
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department - Austin, TX
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR
Jacob's Well Natural Area - Wimberley, TX
Herbarium Specimen(s)NPSOT 0931 Collected Oct 2, 1994 in Comal County by Mary Beth White
Wildflower Center Seed BankLBJWC-2 Collected 2006-05-08 in Travis County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center
BibliographyBibref 291 - Texas Wildscapes: Gardening for Wildlife (1999) Damude, N. & K.C. Bender
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Bouteloua rigidiseta in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Bouteloua rigidiseta in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Bouteloua rigidiseta
MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-10-03
Research By: DEW, JSC