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Sporobolus neglectus

Sporobolus neglectus Nash

Puffsheath Dropseed, Small Dropseed

Poaceae (Grass family)

Synonym(s): Sporobolus vaginiflorus var. neglectus

USDA Symbol: SPNE2

USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)


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Plant Characteristics

Duration: Annual
Habit: Grass/Grass-like
Fruit Type: Caryopsis
Size Notes: Up to about 18 inches tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Yellow , Green , Purple , Brown
Bloom Time: Aug , Sep , Oct


USA: AL , AR , AZ , CA , CO , CT , DC , IA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MA , MD , ME , MI , MN , MO , MT , ND , NE , NH , NJ , NM , NY , OH , OK , PA , SD , TN , TX , VA , VT , WA , WI , WV , WY
Canada: AB , MB , NB , ON , QC , SK
Native Habitat: Sandy soils, river shores, and in dry, open areas within many plant communities, often in disturbed sites.

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.

Web Reference

Webref 32 - Grasses of Canada, the U.S., and Mexico - North America north of Mexico (all countries, provinces, states, territories) (2019) Open Herbarium (
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 0000-00-00
Research By: CBR

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