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Panicum obtusum (Vine mesquite)
Juett, William

Panicum obtusum

Panicum obtusum Kunth

Vine Mesquite

Poaceae (Grass Family)

Synonym(s): Hopia obtusa


USDA Native Status: L48 (N)


From the Image Gallery

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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 32 inches tall.
Leaf: Green

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow
Bloom Time: Jun , Jul , Aug


USA: AR , AZ , CO , KS , MO , NM , OK , TX , UT

Growing Conditions

Water Use: High
Light Requirement: Part Shade
CaCO3 Tolerance: Medium

Butterflies and Moths of North America (BAMONA)

Dotted Roadside-Skipper
(Amblyscirtes eos)

Larval Host
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Find Seed or Plants

View propagation protocol from Native Plants Network.

National Wetland Indicator Status

This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1 (Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here for map of regions.

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
Sibley Nature Center - Midland, TX

Wildflower Center Seed Bank

LBJWC-62 Collected 2006-12-06 in Travis County by Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center

1 collection(s) available in the Wildflower Center Seed Bank


Bibref 1186 - Field Guide to Moths of Eastern North America (2005) Covell, C.V., Jr.
Bibref 1185 - Field Guide to Western Butterflies (Peterson Field Guides) (1999) Opler, P.A. and A.B. Wright

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Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2021-05-25
Research By: TWC Staff

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