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Seed Study - Schizachyrium scoparium

Schizachyrium scoparium (Andropogon scoparius) - Little Bluestem

Schizachyrium scoparium (Andropogon scoparius) - Little Bluestem

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Species: Schizachyrium scoparium (Andropogon scoparius)
Common name: little bluestem

Vegetative identification: Sheaths are very flat and often pinkish at the base. Leaves are folded in the bud and the cross section is sometimes flat but mostly folded or v-shaped. Seedlings are light green, turning reddish brown at maturity.


Schizachyrium scoparium – little bluestem
Average number of good seeds per gram bulk matter: 144; 30; 106;
Average number of good seeds per gram cleaned: n.m.
Commercial estimates of seeds per gram: 573
Percent seed: n.m.
Percent live: 69
Collection dates: September 25 and October 21.
Collection effort: 433 grams in 12 person hours.
Collection notes: A lot of fluff comes with the seed, so collecting large amounts is time consuming.
Cleaning notes: Bulk seed measurement is with stems, leaves, lemmas, glumes, etc included.

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