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Seed Study - Schedonnardus paniculatus

Schedonnardus paniculatus - Tumblegrass

Schedonnardus paniculatus - Tumblegrass

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Species: Schedonnardus paniculatus
Common name: tumblegrass

Vegetative identification: Early on this can look like a sick-looking little bluestem. The leaf blades are blue-green with white margins, have a distinct mid-rib on the back with a prominent vein on each side of it. The blades are keeled near the sheath and smooth on both sides. The sheath is flat. Blades become twisted with drying.

 

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.