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Tridens flavus var. flavus (Purpletop tridens)
Marcus, Joseph A.

Tridens flavus var. flavus

Tridens flavus (L.) Hitchc. var. flavus

Purpletop Tridens

Poaceae (Grass Family)

Synonym(s): Triodia flava


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


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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 6 feet tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: White , Red , Green
Bloom Time: Aug , Sep , Oct


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Web Reference

Webref 38 - Flora of North America (2019) Missouri Botanical Garden, St. Louis, MO & Harvard University Herbaria, Cambridge, MA.
Webref 23 - Southwest Environmental Information Network (2009) SEINet - Arizona Chapter

Additional resources

USDA: Find Tridens flavus var. flavus in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Tridens flavus var. flavus in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Tridens flavus var. flavus


Record Modified: 2022-12-21
Research By: TWC Staff

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