Vascular Plants of the Gila Wilderness

Presented in Association with the
Western New Mexico University Department of Natural Sciences

Schizachyrium cirratum (Hackel) Wooton & Standley
(Texas Bluestem)

Family: Poaceae

Status: Native

Andropogon cirratus Hackel

Schizachyrium cirratum is a perennial tuftgrass. The spikelets are present in pairs, one sessile and the other pedicelled. In Schizachyrium cirratum, unlike Schizachyrium scoparium, the two spikelets are nearly the same length.
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Schizachyrium cirratum, closeup of stem, photo Russ Kleinman & Kelly Allred, Black Range, Nun Overlook, August 17, 2010

Schizachyrium cirratum, detail of spikelet (length of pedicelled spikelet is measured from the place the pedicel ends), photo Russ Kleinman, Burro Mtns., along NM90 near Gold Gulch Road., Sept. 25, 2007

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