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Tridens muticus var. elongatus

Tridens muticus (Torr.) Nash var. elongatus (Buckley) Shinners

Slim Tridens

Poaceae (Grass Family)

Synonym(s): Tridens elongatus, Tridens oklahomensis, Tridens ×oklahomensis, Triodia elongata


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 Venation: Parallel
Inflorescence: Panicle
Fruit Type: Caryopsis
Size Notes: Up to about 32 inches tall.

Bloom Information

Bloom Color: Green , Purple , Brown
Bloom Time: Aug , Sep , Oct , Nov
Bloom Notes: Flowers inconspicuous. Glumes tinged purple.


USA: AR , AZ , CO , KS , LA , MO , NM , OK , TX
Native Habitat: Prairie, Plains, Meadows, Pastures, Savannas

Growing Conditions

Water Use: Low
Light Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Dry
Soil Description: Sandy, Sandy Loam, Clay Loam, Medium Loam, Clay, Gravelly


Bibref 291 - Texas Wildscapes: Gardening for Wildlife (1999) Damude, N. & K.C. Bender

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Additional resources

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


Record Modified: 2007-10-08
Research By: TWC Staff

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