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Gramineae Buchloe dactyloides (Nutt.) Engelm

Source: Magness et al. 1971

Buffalograss, a native species, is the dominant grass in parts of the Great Plains. It is a fine-leaved, sod-forming perennial, generally only 6 to 8 inches high, with leaves 3 to 6 inches long and less than 0.125 inch wide. It spreads by surface runners to form a dense sod, Growth starts in late spring and continues through the summer. It is very palatable and stands grazing well. It is readily established either by seeding or by sod pieces, and is valuable both as pasture and for erosion control. The species is unisexual, about half the plants being female and producing seed; and half male, the flowers of which produce only pollen.

Last update February 18, 1999 by ch