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Yellow bluestem

Gramineae Bothriochloa ischaemum (L.) Keng.

Dichanthium aristatum (Poir) C.E. Hubb.

Source: Magness et al. 1971

These bluestems are both native to Central or Southern Asia. Yellow bluestem is used for pasture through the Southern Great Plains. D. aristatum appears not to have a common name, but varieties are known as Angleton and Gordo. They are used as pasture and hay in the humid Gulf Coastal Plain in Texas. Both of these species are warm season, semiprostrate bunchgrasses, leafy or medium leafy. In palatability D. aristatum appears superior to yellow bluestem but both furnish good pasturage and good hay if cut early.


Last update June 26, 1996 bha