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    Wind Cave

    National Park South Dakota

Grasses - Buffalograss

Buffalograss - Ruchloe dactyloides
Buffalograss - Ruchloe dactyloides
NPS Photo by Jim Pisarowicz
Buffalograss is a very drought resistant grass and is a dominant short-grass of the western Plains. The Lakota name translates as "grass that sticks to people's clothes."

Did You Know?

fire on the prairie

Fire is an important factor in protecting the prairie. Historically, fires burned across the prairie every 4 to 7 years. Fires burn the small trees that would otherwise march across the prairie and turn the grasslands to forest.