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Dasyochloa pulchella (Desert fluffgrass)
Schaefer, Kim

Dasyochloa pulchella

Dasyochloa pulchella (Kunth) Willd. ex Rydb.

Desert Fluffgrass, Low Woollygrass, Low Tridens, Fluff Grass, Fluffgrass, Desert Fluff-grass

Poaceae (Grass Family)

Synonym(s): Erioneuron pulchellum, Tridens pulchellus, Triodia pulchella

USDA Symbol: DAPU7

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

A low, densely tufted perennial bunchgrass, sometimes forming open mats.

Although generally considered to be a poor forage grass, this plant is quite attractive. Its fluffiness contrasts with the stark, open background of its relatively barren habitat.


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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 6 inches tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Not Applicable
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov
Bloom Notes: The flowers (florets) of grasses are often minute and therefore inconspicuous.


USA: AZ , CA , CO , MD , NM , NV , TX , UT
Native Distribution: S. Nevada, Utah, Colorado to Arizona, New Mexico, and Texas.
Native Habitat: Hillsides/Slopes, Flat desert areas

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Sandy, Sandy Loam, Medium Loam, Clay Loam, Clay


Bibref 291 - Texas Wildscapes: Gardening for Wildlife (1999) Damude, N. & K.C. Bender

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Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2021-12-01
Research By: TWC Staff

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