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Indian ricegrass

Gramineae Oryzopsis hymenoides (Roem. and Schult.) Ricker

Source: Magness et al. 1971

This is a native bunchgrass distributed from the Dakotas south to Texas and west to the Pacific Ocean. It is drought-resistant, adapted to dry, sandy soils. The plant grows in dense clumps, up to 2 feet tall. The leaves are slender and nearly as long as the stems. It is highly palatable to livestock, both while green in summer and dried in winter. Natural stands in many areas have been greatly depleted by over grazing. This is an important species for reseeding range lands. Seeds were formerly used by Indians for grinding into meal and making bread.


Last update February 18, 1999 by ch