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Gramineae, Poaceae Panicum obtusum HBK

Source: Magness et al. 1971

This is a sod-forming grass, native from Missouri west to Colorado and south into Mexico, useful both for grazing and erosion control. Stems are up to 2 feet tall, and leaves are 4 to 6 inches long and 0.5 inch wide. Vine-mesquite grows in areas of low rainfall, producing a moderate amount of forage relished by livestock while green. Plants form stolons, which may grow to 15 feet in a season. Stands can be established by seeding or sod pieces.

Last update June 27, 1996 bha