Hesperostipa comata (Trin. & Rupr.) Barkworth
Needle And Thread, Needle-and-thread
Poaceae (Grass Family)
USDA Symbol: HECO26
Needle-and-thread is a member of the grass family (family Poaceae). Grasses are herbs, rarely woody, with cylindrical, jointed flowering stems (culms), hollow between the joints, leaves often mostly basal and tiny flowers aggregated into highly modified clusters. This very important family, consisting of about 525 genera and 5000 species, provides much of the food used by humans, as well as fodder for livestock. Grasses occur throughout the world in almost every habitat, with the greatest diversity of species found in the tropical zone, and the greatest abundance in the temperate regions.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Root Type: Fibrous
Leaf Arrangement: Alternate
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Leaf Venation: Parallel
Fruit Type: Caryopsis
Size Class: 1-3 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: Not Applicable
Bloom Time: May , Jun , Jul
Bloom Notes: The flowers (florets) of grasses are often minute and are therefore not visible to the naked eye.
DistributionUSA: AZ , CA , CO , IA , ID , IL , IN , KS , MI , MN , MT , ND , NE , NM , NV , NY , OK , OR , RI , SD , TX , UT , WA , WI , WY
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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:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR
BibliographyBibref 946 - Gardening with Prairie Plants: How to Create Beautiful Native Landscapes (2002) Wasowski, Sally
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Hesperostipa comata in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Hesperostipa comata in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Hesperostipa comata
MetadataRecord Modified: 2019-01-09
Research By: TWC Staff