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Sand dropseed

Gramineae, Poaceae Sporobolus cryptandrus (Torr.) A. Gray

Source: Magness et al. 1971

This is a tufted, native bunchgrass abundant in the Southern Plains and from Idaho and Oregon southward. It is most prevalent on sandy soil. Plants are 2 to 3 feet tall, with solid stems and rather numerous leaves up to 12 inches long and 0.25 inch wide. Roots are coarse and deep-penetrating. The plants produce a fairly large amount of foliage which is eaten readily by livestock while green, but sparingly when ripe. If not overgrazed, stands tend to increase in density. It produces seed in abundance and is useful for reseeding depleted range land. Its relatively low palatability, however, limits its overall usefulness.

Last update June 28, 1996 bha