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Hesperostipa neomexicana (New mexico feathergrass)
Anderson, Wynn

Hesperostipa neomexicana

Hesperostipa neomexicana (Thurb. ex J.M. Coult.) Barkworth

New Mexico Feathergrass

Poaceae (Grass Family)

Synonym(s): Stipa neomexicana

USDA Symbol: HENE5

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 Shape: Linear
Leaf Venation: Parallel
Inflorescence: Panicle
Fruit Type: Caryopsis
Flower:
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Not Applicable
Bloom Time: Apr , May , Jun , Jul
Bloom Notes: The flowers (florets) of grasses are often minute and not visible to the naked eye.

Distribution

USA: AZ , CO , NM , NV , OK , TX , UT , WY
Native Distribution: Trans-Pecos and west Plains Country of Texas; Wyoming south to Arizona and Coahuila, Mexico.
Native Habitat: Rocky, usually limestone slopes.

Growing Conditions

Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry , Moist
Soil pH: Alkaline (pH>7.2) , Circumneutral (pH 6.8-7.2)

Benefit

Use Wildlife: Foraging supply for wildlife in spring and fall.
Interesting Foliage: yes
Attracts: Birds
Deer Resistant: No

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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:

Sibley Nature Center - Midland, TX

Additional resources

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

Metadata

Record Modified: 2019-06-19
Research By: TWC Staff

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