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Indian Grass

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Common Name: Indian Grass

Other Names: Yellow Indian Grass

Latin Name: Sorghastrum Nutans

Plant Family: Poaceae





Indian grass - click to see all flower & plant symbols

          http://www.statesymbolsusa.org/Oklahoma/StateGrass.html                                    FLOWER AND LEAF FACTS                           

     The flower of the Indian Grass  produces 2.5 pounds of seeds in its lifetime. Indian Grass can reach heights of up to 7-8 feet tall. The Indian Grass flower has soft fluffy seeds that hang from the stem. Indian Grass also has a leaf that can grow 2 feet long  and are stiff and straight.

The leaf of the Indian grass veins run in parallel lines from the stem.





                                   HABITAT OF THE INDIAN GRASS





     Indian Grass lives in savannas and sandy savannas. They can also live in black soil prairies, clay prairies, sand prairies, gravel prairies, dolomite prairies, hill prairies, cemetery prairies, barrens with scrubby vegetation, limestone glades, grassy fens, fallow fields, roadsides, and areas along railroads.
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                              CHARACTERISTICS AND FUN FACTS



  Its roots can grow 8 feet deep. The flower has a brownish yellowish color. The Indian Grass is one of the most dominate plants of the prairie. It grows best with full sun light. Indian Grass attracts birds. But it also attracts insects so they can lay their eggs. Indian Grass is the state plant in both Oklahoma and South Carolina.


Often compared to the feathers of an American India headdress;Indian grass is relished by all livestock, it provides high-quality forage; very good for nesting and rearing areas of wildlife. Indian grass is easily confused with Big Blue stem.





                                                                                          ROOTS AND SEED


                    The root of the Indian Grass get 8 feet deep. Also the roots are fibrous that means that its a network of roots not a big root with small ones coming off of it. The seed is 1/2 cm.




                                                Seedling and Juvenile


  Unlike other seedlings the bottom of the Indian Grass seedling is a little red and purple. The Indian Grass is easily identified as a juvenile Indian Grass. Other plants in there juvenile stage are harder to recognize.



                                           Bloom Period and Threats    

          The bloom period is August and September. The threats are cattle because cattle eat Indian Grass and humans because we use the the prairie for farmland. Also long dry droughts can effect the Indian Grass.





                                     Info. Found at..........                                        



     Jewels of the prairie, Prairie roots, Botanical Garden, Wild Flower info, Nature search, AdaydenPark.blogspot.com, Wildflower.org, and National Home Gardening Club.


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Comments (6)

cbabcock said

at 9:27 am on Jan 30, 2014

who are my group members.

jliddle@... said

at 9:42 am on Jan 30, 2014

i think Alex and I

cbabcock said

at 9:08 am on Feb 11, 2014

r u the only people in ur class period with indain grass.

Hewu said

at 9:43 am on Jan 30, 2014

sorry wrong person

Hewu said

at 9:47 am on Jan 30, 2014

Are we done with this?

cbabcock said

at 9:06 am on Feb 11, 2014

all done

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