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Pleuraphis mutica (Tobosagrass)
Anderson, Wynn

Pleuraphis mutica

Pleuraphis mutica Buckley

Tobosagrass, Tobosa Grass

Poaceae (Grass Family)

Synonym(s): Hilaria mutica

USDA Symbol: PLMU3

USDA Native Status: L48 (N)

The 1-2 ft. stems of tobosa grass rise from a tough, rhizomatous base and are topped by a spike-like seed head to 3 in. long.


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Perennial
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Leaf: Green
Size Class: 1-3 ft.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow


USA: AZ , NM , OK , TX
Native Distribution: OK & w. TX to AZ & n. Mex.
Native Habitat: Dry mesas; rocky slopes; alluvial flats

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Low
Light Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Dry
CaCO3 Tolerance: Low
Soil Description: Dry, rocky soils.
Conditions Comments: Not Available

Find Seed or Plants

View propagation protocol from Native Plants Network.

From the National Organizations Directory

According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:

Texas Parks and Wildlife Department - Austin, TX

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2021-03-12
Research By: TWC Staff

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