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Sideoats Grama

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Sideoats Grama





Latin name - Bouteloua Curtipendula

                                       Other names~  Prairie Grama, Mosquito Grass, Tall Grama Grass

                       Plant Family~ Grama Grasses (Poaceae)           

Bloom period~ June-Nov.            

         Characteristics~ Reaches 15-30 inches tall or occasionally taller which in the prairie is a medium sized plant. The Sideoats Grama's stem is reddish brown or a straw color. Sideoats Grama straight and stiff, from 20-80 small spikes are grown mostly along side of each central seed stalk.

         Threats~ Harsh fires, long droughts, shade.  

         Facts~ There is 159,200 seeds per pound. Sideoats Grama is the state grass of Texas. Sideoats Grama is quick to establish. Sideoats Grama is highly palatable, highly nutritious grass, that is readily eaten by all classes of livestock. In it's bloom period. Sideoats Grama has up to eighty spikes on one leaf. Kiawa Warriors wore the seed stalk during war to resemble feathers. Sideoats Grama provides good soil and that helps to prevent erosion. Sideoats Grama easily produces many seeds during it's bloom period.  During the pioneer years the used the leaves to make brooms and hair brushes. Sideoats Grama has a very wide and short root system. This root system helps the plant to regrow after fire has crossed the plain. Two Spanish explorers found and studied the plant later the scientific named was named after them. The Sideoats Grama can survive through short droughts and rocky areas.


          Bibliography~ Central Region Seedling ID Guide for Native Plants, Plants.usda.gov, Grownative.org, Wildflowers.org, Wikipedia, nrs.usda.gov, eol.org, plants.usda.gov, abnativeplants.com, Illinoiswildflowers.info, missouribotanicalgarden.org, books.google.com, netstate.com, nrcs.udsa.gov, hoffmannursery.com, www3.notheren.edu, desertmuseumdigitalibrary.org, IOWA Living roadway pg.55, Bouteloua curtipendula-Plant finder, Bouteloua curtipendua-side outs grama, Bouteloua curtipendula sharp seed.com






Disclaimer- The information in the prairie plant was collected by 5th graders, we apologize for any inaccuracies.





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Comments (11)

zworple said

at 9:10 am on Jan 16, 2014

who else has this plant

emrosonke said

at 9:52 am on Jan 16, 2014

Jeagar K. and Emma R. Who else besides Zoey has this plant? Do you want us to add a picture of the adult plant we might!

zworple said

at 9:01 am on Jan 17, 2014

sure do you have a good pic if you dont i do

emrosonke said

at 10:05 am on Jan 17, 2014

We can't decide when the bloom period is can you help us out with this?

Emma and Jeagar

zworple said

at 8:38 am on Jan 22, 2014

yeah i got it

emrosonke said

at 9:20 am on Jan 22, 2014

ok thanks for your help

zworple said

at 9:18 am on Jan 24, 2014

should we put in more pics like of juvnile ,seedling and flowering exc. or is it good

emrosonke said

at 10:06 am on Jan 24, 2014

yeah that would be a good idea

zworple said

at 9:26 am on Jan 24, 2014

you guys have to put in our bibliogrphy my working on mine

zworple said

at 9:13 am on Jan 30, 2014

two things can you change the color on the top were it says sideoats grama its a little flashy and who else is working on it from 1st p.

emrosonke said

at 9:44 am on Jan 30, 2014

@zworple IT is just me and Jeagar working on the page

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