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Side Oats Grama


Family:  Poaceae, grass family
Genus species:  Bouteloua curtipendula

Leaves are wide and flat with stiff hairs along margins, up to 12 inches long. Most leaves are clustered at the base of the plant, with a few attached to the stalk. As the grass matures, leaves become curled and whitish-brown.

Flowers are arranged in spikes, aligned along one side of the stalk, look like flags on a ship's mast. Spikes are a distinct orange-red color.

More Information:

The common name Side Oats Grama refers to the alignment of its flowers on one side of the stalk.  The common name Grama is from the Latin for "grass."  The genus name Bouteloua is named after Claudio (1774-1842) and Esteban Bouteloua (1776-1813), two Spanish botanists.  The species name curtipendula is from the Latin for "short-hanging."